Admission & Application

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will open in early 2019. Check back here regularly for program and admission updates.


Applicants are required to be registered and licensed or eligible for license as a pharmacist with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.  All exams required for licensure must be completed prior to the start of the residency program.

All successful applicants must provide evidence of membership with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and maintain their active membership throughout the course of the residency year.

All applicants must meet the University of British Columbia's eligibility criteria for unclassified student status and apply by the designated application deadline for courses starting in September.  Click the link for further information on how to apply for the unclassified student status.

Minimum admissions standards:

  • B.Sc or PharmD from an accredited Canadian pharmacy program

  • Completion of an accredited first year pharmacy residency program

Please prepare the following documents for submission:

  • Letter of intent

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Official university transcripts

  • Three (3) reference letters

Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview in the spring of 2019.

Applicant Selection for Interview

All application documents must be received by the application deadline, in order for the application to be eligible for review.

Each applicant packet is screened and scored by at least 2 members of the APRY2 Residency Advisory Committee.  Each candidate will be assessed on the following domains:

  • Communication skills

  • Clinical experience (breadth, performance, scope of activity)

  • Leadership/initiative

  • Work experience

  • Personal/environmental factors (maturity, confidence, motivation, and adaptability)

  • Teaching experience and interest

  • Research experience and interest

  • Extracurricular involvement

  • Academic performance

  • Aggregate letters of recommendation

Interviews will be granted to candidates who reach a minimum threshold score and are deemed to be well-qualified candidates by the committee.

Interview Process

The on-site interview will consist, at minimum, of the following:

  • Standardized panel interview questions with approximately 5 people on the interview panel

  • 20 minute oral presentation to the interview panel

    • Topic will be of the candidate’s choice (strongly preferred to be related to the area of specialty to which he/she is applying)

Example – case discussion, research project, quality improvement project, preparation for  accreditation, a patient care initiative (outside of expected clinical duties)

Each candidate will be assessed on the following:

  • Overall performance in the APRY1 program, clinical rotation experiences

  • Interest in program

  • Interest in specialty or relevant experience

  • Teaching and research experience

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Operational experience

  • Oral presentation skills