Match Agreements and Rules
Each applicant and residency must accept the Match Agreements when they register to participate in the Match.
All residencies and applicants that register to participate in the Match must abide by the ASHP Match Rules and the Schedule of Dates of the Match.
Eligibility requirements for participating in the Match are summarized below.
Any applicant interested in obtaining a PGY1 or PGY2 pharmacy residency position that is offered through the matching process must register for and participate in the Match.
To participate in the Match, an applicant must be a graduate of or graduating from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy, or otherwise be eligible for licensure.
Applicants Who Graduated from a Foreign School of Pharmacy
Applicants who are graduates of a foreign school of pharmacy that is not ACPE-accredited must provide to PhORCAS, prior to registering for the Match, either a copy of their license for each state in which they are licensed, or a copy of their Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
Applicants for PGY2 Positions
To participate in the Match for a position that starts training at the PGY2 level, an applicant must have already completed a PGY1 residency, or currently be in training in a PGY1 residency program that will be completed before the start of the PGY2 residency.
Current PGY1 residents who are interested in continuing their training in a PGY2 residency offered by the same organization or the same health system as the applicant's PGY1 residency may be able to obtain the position through the Early Commitment Process. Applicants who are committed to a position in this manner do not need to register for the Match or participate in the matching process.
All PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residencies that are ASHP-accredited, or are in a candidate or pre-candidate status, must offer all positions through Phase I of the Match. Only residencies conducted by the Indian Health Service and residencies that offer positions exclusively to commissioned pharmacy officers of the Department of Defense or the Public Health Service are exempt. Additionally, international programs conducted outside of the United States are exempt from the Match, although some may choose to participate in the Match with ASHP approval.
"Candidate" status is granted to a program that has applied to ASHP for accreditation and is awaiting the official site survey, and review and evaluation by the Commission on Credentialing.
"Pre-candidate" status is granted to a program that has indicated to ASHP that the program intends to apply for accreditation and wishes to participate in the Match in order to meet the ASHP accreditation application requirements. Programs interested in becoming Pre-candidates must contact ASHP at email@example.com for additional information. The number of times a program that is in Pre-candidate status can participate in the Match will be limited
The accreditation status of each program is shown in the ASHP Residency Directory.
PGY2 pharmacy residencies must initially register all of their positions that start training in 2024 with the Match. Under certain circumstances a PGY2 residency program may commit a position to a current PGY1 resident in advance of the matching process, through the Early Commitment Process.