- SEPTEMBER 1st - OCTOBER 2nd
Please visit the faculty website for information regarding applications for Industry Pharmacy Residency at http://www.pharmacy.utoronto.ca/residency-programs/industrial-pharmacy. This page will provide information regarding the current application cycle and application form to be submitted to program coordinator, Andrea Cameron.
You may also download the information document and application form here:
- As outlined in the application procedure, it is recommended that the following be completed during the period of September 1st to October 2nd, 2017 in order for a successful candidate to advance:
- Completed Application Form (incl. reasons for enrolling) on Faculty website and sent to the residency coordinator by Oct 2nd.
- Three Letters of Reference and reference contact information (letters should be in separate envelopes or submitted directly by referee). Make sure your reference letters arrive prior to Oct 2nd!
- Original Pharmacy Transcript (sent from the University)
- A list of companies intended to apply
- A description of why you wish to enroll in the Industry Pharmacy Residency Program (one page or less)
- Timing – application must be completed, during the period September 1, 2017 and October 2nd, 2017 for the program beginning September 2018. All complete applications will be sent to the companies during the first two weeks of October 2017 by the Faculty.
- If meeting eligibility criteria, the application package will be forwarded to the companies selected by the applicant
- Applicants may send a letter to the Company Supervisors in early October that they would like to apply for residency (optional).
- Only suitable applicants will be contacted by the Company Supervisor for an interview during October and November. If an applicant has not received information from a company by December 2017, then the applicant should assume that his or her application was unsuccessful.
- After offering the residency position and accepted by the selected applicant, the Company Supervisor will notify the Coordinator. The resident will begin the program no earlier than September 1 and no later than October 1, 2018.
Answered by Dr. Lee in 2016, with updates from Ms. Andrea Cameron, U of T Residency Coordinator, June 2017
- Do reference letters need to be concealed from the applicant? i.e. does the envelope containing the reference letter need to be sealed?
- Reference letters are usually handled in a confidential manner. If it was given to the applicant to be sent in with the application package, it is usually sealed with the referee’s signature or initials over the seal. However, it is preferred that the referee be asked to email the letter directly to email@example.com.
- Is there a suggested length of reference letters?
- There is no required length for the reference letters. The usual length is 1 to 2 pages, sufficient to convey all points suggested in the application.
- When is the due time on Oct 2nd for applications?
- The application process is from Sept. 1st to Oct. 2nd. This period should allow sufficient time for all the reference letters to arrive. The applicants can submit their application packages first and indicate that the reference letters will follow directly from the referees. The important thing is to make sure the reference letters arrive by 5:00 pm on the last day of the application (Oct. 2nd).
- Can applications be submitted in person or by mail, or only emailed as suggested in the application form?
- If not sent by email, regular mail is acceptable, or hand deliver to the Faculty receptionist in the atrium. Reception will ensure it is delivered to the Residency Coordinator.
- Should the transcript be sent directly to Residency Coordinator from the University? Or should it be delivered to the student and then submitted all together with the application form, along with reasons for applying to residency program?
- The former: the transcript is usually sent directly to the Residency Coordinator (Andrea Cameron) from the University via mail or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We keep track of all applicants so the transcript will be connected in our office to the applicant’s file of all items.
- Should students include an extra sheet in the application form for questions #9 and #13 on the application?
- Answers to these questions, related to other interests, accomplishments or activities, and reason for applying, should just be included within the single application document.
- I’m concerned that I will be at a disadvantage because I do not have industry experience prior to applying. Will I be disadvantaged?
- As indicated in our Terms of Reference for this program, applicants for this program “will be required to have some Pharmacy experience such as Industrial Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy or Research”. In other words, industrial pharmacy experience specifically is not required as long as some experience in any of those listed fields exists. Given the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum, pharmacy graduates will have had hospital and community pharmacy experience already. While some applicants may also gain some industry or research experience during final year experiential rotations, this is not mandatory. Many successful industrial pharmacy residents did not have prior industry experience. Keen interest and motivation to learn about industrial pharmacy are of course key factors.
- Question #14 in the application calls for names and telephone numbers of references that will comment on specific characteristics of the applicant. Are these the same as the references providing the reference letters?
- Yes, these are the three individuals you have asked to write the reference letters.
- Can I e-mail my application?
- Yes, it is preferable to email the application material to email@example.com. The reference letters and transcripts should also be emailed, directly from the referees and from the relevant university, respectively.
- What do questions #8 and #9 mean on the application. Can you clarify what should be included?
- For #8 organization membership and offices held: relates to professional organizations or societies (e.g. membership in OPA, CPhA, Pharmacy class executive positions, etc.). For #9, one can include other organizations, activities, interests and accomplishments that the applicant has had or participated in (but not already mentioned) which would help the company supervisors to determine whether the applicant may have the desired qualities they are looking for. This is similar to what one would consider sharing in a regular job application process.
Resources and links
- University of Toronto Industry Residency site (Note: this link will contain the MOST updated information on industry residency programs)
- OPRA Pharmacy Residency Overview - by OPRA Council on Feb 4th
- Industry Pharmacy Residency Overview - by Veeral Gohil (Roche Medical Affairs Pharmacy Resident) on Feb 4th
- Industry Night Presentations - by various companies on March 27th
- Amgen Event Presentation - by Amgen on April 4th
- Prospective Residents: Industry - by OPRA
- Interviewing Tips - by OPRA
- Presentation on Interviewing - by OPRA
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© 2017 | ALEXANDER MOK
© 2017 | ALEXANDER MOK