|dc.description.abstract||The gap between pharmacy student desire for postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency
placement and the current residency capacity presents a challenge to graduates of colleges and
schools of pharmacy. Research on the influence of advanced pharmacy practice experiences
(APPEs) on the PGY1 resident selection process is needed to assist pharmacy students seeking
residency training as well as colleges and schools of pharmacy supporting these students.
Utilizing person-environment fit as a conceptual framework, the purpose of this study
was to determine how PGY1 residency program directors perceive the desirability and necessity
of factors related to advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) when selecting candidates
for interviews. This study used a quantitative approach and survey research methodology.
Variables related to APPE location, structure, elective types, timing, and preceptor references
were examined through a nationwide survey of residency program directors, resulting in 370
Frequencies and descriptive statistics suggested APPE preceptor reference letters were
considered the most influential category of factors while APPE timing factors were the least
influential. One-way ANOVA analyses found differences in desirability and necessity of APPE
related factors based on residency type for all categories except APPE preceptor reference letters.
Therefore, knowledge of career goals is suggested to enhance APPE and residency planning.
Submission of two APPE preceptor reference letters and implementation of a letter grading
structure for each APPE are key recommendations from this study.||en_US