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2024 Pharmacy Residency Interview Questions

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Pharmacy Residency Interview Practice Questions: Subject Knowledge

Mrs AP is a 42-year-old female patient who has a past medical history of rheumatoid arthritis and has newly been initiated on medication due to this. Mrs AP has also been prescribed folic acid 5mg to be taken on 6 days of the week. Select the most likely treatment option from the list above. What medication has she likely been prescribed?

Answer: Methotrexate

Explanation: Methotrexate is indicated for rheumatoid arthritis and folic acid is given with patients who take methotrexate to reduce side effects of methotrexate. Folic acid is not to be given at the same time as methotrexate and so would be indicated on 6 days of the week (as methotrexate is a weekly dose). 

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Pharmacy Residency Interview Practice Questions: Motivation

What are your career goals?

My career goals are, chronologically – to complete my PGY1 residency, then continue to take a PGY2 Residency in Internal Medicine. After I’ve done this, I would like to spend at least one year practising as a clinical pharmacist in a leading hospital, building both my expertise and connections. I then wish to pursue an academic path – I’m interested both in taking on further research within Pharmacy as it relates to Internal Medicine, and on the working relationships between pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. With regard to the latter in particular, I would like to be in a position to drive policy and protocol such that the expertise and knowledge of our field is suitably acknowledged, and we are able in time to better lead MDTs. This is the lasting impact that I would like from my career.

What worries you most about residency? What do you expect will be the hardest part of residency for you?

I don’t expect a particular part of residency to be the greatest challenge – rather I expect the greatest challenge to be a blend of the increased independence one will have as a newly-practising pharmacist, the integration of learned knowledge into real clinical situations, and balancing keeping on top of this fast-paced work with our own social life. As a pharmacy resident I’ll be accountable for patients’ wellbeing, and I know that this will drive me to work hard, learn as much as I can, and work beyond a typical day if need be – however, this could come at the detriment of my life outside of Pharmacy. I therefore expect another difficult part of Residency to be the hours, and dealing with the associated stress of those long hours, whilst perhaps not being able to keep to my normal schedule.

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Pharmacy Residency Interview Practice Questions: Soft Skills & Role Plays

You have arranged to meet Edward, a friend, to discuss his smoking habit with the purpose of encouraging Edward to stop smoking. Edward has three young children and works as a primary school teacher. He respects healthcare professionals and their opinion.  What would you say to Edward?

It’s vital to acknowledge that Edward is a friend – not a patient. Therefore we should allow him time to understand the purpose of the meeting, if not already clear. An excellent candidate will allow Edward the necessary time to come to the realisation himself that he needs to stop smoking and allow him to suggest the best way to approach this, rather than forcing their agenda onto Edward. ​It is important to find a balance between using Edward’s employment and family circumstances as motivating factors to change his habits, rather than judging his habits based on these circumstances. Finally, we should work to identify additional stressors and reasons for Edward’s continued smoking as well as suggesting potential solutions to address these. If in doubt, we can remind Edward of how much we have learnt about smoking during our studies – and offer to put him in touch with good organisations that will help quit smoking, or recommend some adjuncts that could help – although with the proviso that he should see his own primary care physician or pharmacist.

Mrs Jones has come to see you, a community pharmacist, about her cough. Her family doctor has assessed her and concluded that it has been caused by a virus which will likely self-resolve without antibiotics. Despite this, Mrs Jones is adamant that she would like antibiotics. How do you proceed?

First, I would need to make it clear to Mrs Jones that I am unable to prescribe antibiotics – this is not my role. She would require a prescription from a doctor. However, I should still be willing to listen to her problem, and be empathetic. I would use open questions to allow her to speak. I would work to address the issues – which is that her cough is viral in nature – and see if I could add to the primary care physician’s information in a manner that is persuasive to her. I would speak in a jargon-free manner, and ensure that she understood throughout. My goal would be to help her realise that the problem is self-limiting and can be controlled with simple analgesia over the counter.

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