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Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2018 Apr;10(4):511-516. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2017.12.021. Epub 2018 Feb 1.

Evaluation of a mock interview session on residency interview skills.

Author information

1
Midwestern University College of Pharmacy - Glendale, 19555 N 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308, United States. Electronic address: kbuckley@midwestern.edu.
2
Midwestern University College of Pharmacy - Glendale, 19555 N 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308, United States. Electronic address: skarr@midwestern.edu.
3
Wingate University School of Pharmacy, 220 North Camden Road, Wingate, NC 28174, United States. Electronic address: skarrx@midwestern.edu.
4
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, 1323 Walker Building, Auburn University, AL 36849, United States. Electronic address: watsokm@auburn.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

To evaluate the impact of student pharmacist participation in a mock interview session on confidence level and preparation regarding residency interview skills.

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING:

The study setting was a mock interview session, held in conjunction with student programming at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting. Prior to the mock interview session, final year student pharmacists seeking residency program placement were asked to complete a pre-session survey assessing confidence level for residency interviews. Each student pharmacist participated in up to three mock interviews. A post-session survey evaluating confidence level was then administered to consenting participants. Following the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Resident Matching Program (RMP), a post-match electronic survey was sent to study participants to determine their perception of the influence of the mock interview session on achieving successful interactions during residency interviews.

FINDINGS:

A total of 59 student pharmacists participated in the mock interview session and completed the pre-session survey. Participants completing the post-session survey (88%, n = 52) unanimously reported an enhanced confidence in interviewing skills following the session. Thirty responders reported a program match rate of 83%. Approximately 97% (n = 29) of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the questions asked during the mock interview session were reflective of questions asked during residency interviews.

DISCUSSION:

Lessons learned from this mock interview session can be applied to PGY1 residency mock interview sessions held locally, regionally, and nationally.

SUMMARY:

Students participating in the ACCP Mock Interview Session recognized the importance of the interview component in obtaining a postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy residency.

KEYWORDS:

Education; Interview; Pharmacy; Pharmacy residency; Postgraduate residency training

PMID:
29793715
DOI:
10.1016/j.cptl.2017.12.021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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