Available Until 8/17/2025

Strategies to Incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Pharmacy Resident Selection Process

ACPE Number: 0204-0000-22-576-H04-P
Content Release Date: 8/17/2022
Expiration Date: 8/17/2025
Activity Type: Knowledge-based
CE Credits: 1.0 contact hours
Activity Fee: Members: Free/ Nonmembers: N/A


This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Activity Overview

According to the 2020 United States Census Bureau, the population is more racially and ethnically diverse than measured in 2010. Minorities are expected to represent 54% of the population in 2050; however, within professional programs such as pharmacy, the percentage of minorities does not reflect population trends. This shift in population demographics poses a challenge for pharmacy residency programs to recruit and educate the next generation of pharmacists that are underrepresented.  

The most important argument for a diverse healthcare workforce is that this could potentially lead to improvements in patient outcomes. Underrepresented populations often have less access to care and are less satisfied with their healthcare. Ensuring a diverse healthcare workforce could reduce disparities and establish a trust between patients and providers. Pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare team; thus, it is crucial to increase ethnic and racial diversity in pharmacy training programs. Many pharmacy organizations, including the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists have published statements highlighting the need for diversity to reduce racial and ethnic healthcare disparities. Additionally, pharmacy residency programs and departments of pharmacy are enriched by including residents with diverse backgrounds. 

Evidence is growing that metrics used in recruitment, evaluation, and selection of trainees systematically exclude underrepresented minority applicants. Interventions to develop anti-racist policies and recruitment strategies, and promote a holistic review of applicants may help to foster diversity in the workforce. The purpose of this webinar is to educate pharmacists on the current challenges faced by underrepresented residency applicants and provide strategies to improve pharmacy resident selection process to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activitiy were planned to meet the educational needs of pharmacists who serve as preceptors or residency program directors.  

After completing this activity, the learner should be able to… 

1. Identify aspects of the current pharmacy residency recruitment and selection processes that may unintentionally discriminate against underrepresented candidates. 

2. List strategies for reducing barriers to application for underrepresented residency candidates and revising selection criteria to  foster diversity. 

3. Describe a process to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the pharmacy resident selection process. 

* Introduction

* Presentation

* Q&A

Jalen Evans, PharmD
PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident
University of Michigan Health
Ann Arbor, MI

Kate Starosta, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Manager
University of Michigan Health
Ann Arbor, MI


Andrea Tully, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Formulary Management & Medication Use Policy
Newark, DE

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