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New Resident Pharmacists, Physicians Welcomed in 2022 Match Day Celebration

Our third annual Match Day Celebration was a cause for excitement, as the Colorado Plateau Center for Health Professions welcomed more residents to our team! We recognized Match Day 2022 with a virtual celebration on Thursday, March 24th. North Country HealthCare CEO, Dr. Anne Newland, shared updates about our two residency programs and their impact on raising up healthcare providers in northern Arizona. The program directors were proud to introduce the four new residents to our Family & Community Medicine Residency Program, and two new residents to our PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program

The residencies, launched in 2020 and 2010 respectively, are part of our efforts to combat the shortage of healthcare professionals in northern Arizona. Since our beginning, we have placed a strong emphasis on the education of future healthcare professionals. We understand that one of the best ways to improve the health of rural communities is to build, train and strengthen the healthcare workforce that serves them. 

Resident physicians and pharmacists get in-depth, hands-on experience, ensuring they are better prepared to handle the unique health challenges of the diverse populations and cultures in our region. 

CPCHP 2022 matched residents 

We are excited to welcome this year’s six new residents to the family here at the Colorado Plateau Center for Health Professions! 

The family medicine residents make up the third class of residents to the NARBHA Institute Family & Community Medicine Residency: 

  • Jenna Kay, M.D. 
  • Jacob Somen, D.O.
  • Abby Trinh, D.O.
  • Ada Young, D.O.

Our PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy residents are: 

  • Emily Mauer, PharmD candidate 2022
  • Allison Sharp, PharmD candidate 2022

What is the residency matching process? 

“Matching” with a resident for a residency program is an exciting and sometimes confusing process. Both residencies are highly sought after since few programs are housed within community health centers like North Country HealthCare. Our family and community medicine residency received 750 applications through the Association of American Medical College’s electronic residency application service (ERAS), and our team conducted interviews with 50 of those candidates.

The next step in the process is handled by the National Resident Matching Program, which uses a mathematical algorithm to match applicants and programs to their most preferred choices to make the best possible match for all parties. The algorithm is “applicant-proposing,” which means the system tries to place applicants into their most preferred programs first. If the applicant is not also preferred by their program of choice, a match is not made. The algorithm then continues on to the applicant’s next preferred program until it matches with a program that also has them ranked as a preferred choice. 

Our PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program is one of 228 similar programs in the U.S. This year our program received 21 applications and successfully filled both open positions for the highly desirable program. 

We wish the residents the best on their journey to becoming highly skilled, confident physicians and pharmacists who improve the access to care for patients in northern Arizona. The team at CPCHP is proud to come alongside them on their way to enjoying successful, meaningful careers.

For more information on how to support our residents and get involved, click here.

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