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You could try it, but I wouldn't recommend it. Yes, you could try to climb an icy mountain in the dark without a map, a light, or any specialized equipment, but I wouldn't recommend it. The likelihood of success is low; the likelihood of a painful ending is high. In the same way, I would not recommend that you try to navigate the process of achieving postgraduate pharmacy training without significant assistance. The process is too complicated and the stakes are too high to just blindly go forth. Fortunately, help has arrived! Roadmap to Postgraduate Training in Pharmacy is a comprehensive text that can help every pharmacy student successfully embark on their journey toward pursuing postgraduate training. This is a “must read” for all students considering the trip. The authors provide an insightful description of the postgraduate training experience and offer guidance on how to navigate the process from the decision point to pursue further training to the post-match transition from student to resident.

As a residency program director, I have the privilege of interacting with many wonderful students each year who desire to pursue postgraduate training. Some candidates are truly impressive. They know where they are going, why they are going there, and how to conduct themselves along the way. Others … not so much! Unfortunately, each year our selection committee interacts with unprepared students and reads through less than impressive application packets, and we lament, “Didn't this person get any help?” In recent years, the residency selection process has become very competitive. At my institution, we currently have a ratio of over 40 applicants for every PGY-1 residency position. How do you position yourself to be the “1” who is selected rather than the other “39”? Follow the advice in this book! It is written by knowledgeable authors who stem from a variety of institutions and practice sites throughout the country. Most have extensive experience on both sides of the table—they have invested time mentoring students to be strong residency candidates and they have been involved in selecting candidates for residency programs. They know what it takes to do well. Constructive reviews of all content from current fourth-year residency-bound students and pharmacy residents helped to mold this valuable resource.

I hope that two things become apparent to you as you read this book. First, I hope you realize how much all of the authors want you to be successful as you consider this next stage of your training. That was the impetus behind the book. Second, I hope you realize that we think this journey is worth pursuing. It is a very exciting time to be a pharmacist. The opportunity for pharmacists to make a difference in patients' lives has never been greater. However, to provide the level of care that our patients and other healthcare providers require, pharmacists must be as well trained as possible. Postgraduate training is the most efficient way of obtaining the necessary quality training your future patients deserve. Yes, you may have to reduce your earning potential for a year or two, but the rewards will last throughout the rest of your career.

So what are you waiting for? There is an exciting path set before you, and thanks to this text, you now have guide to help you along the way. So, read the book and start the journey. It's an adventure you won't want to miss.

—James R. Beardsley, PharmD, BCPS

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