Residency in hospital pharmacy, broader and more clinical

Jorge Pedreira and Javier Alonso Zazo.

the Ministry of Health called on January 29 the exam to access one of the 10,634 places offered by Specialized health training. Specifically, a total of 309 places were offered for the Pharmacy degree to which 1,711 candidates applied. Soon, candidates who have applied for the FIR Examination 2022 They will begin their specialized training. However, “they choose the specialty they choose, they will be happy”, according to Jorge Pedreirasecond-year resident of the University Hospital of Fuenlabrada and resident member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Society of Hospital Pharmacy (SEFH).

Likewise, Pedreira adds that “the world of FIR specialties is very vast and that, whatever specialty they choose, you end up getting used to the department in which they find themselves”. Similarly, the resident member of the SEFH sends a message of “calm”, taking into account that “there will be an adjustment period in which they will have to learn how a hospital works”.

Pedreira explains that “a first year resident will have to deal with the admitted patient and it will be there that he will realize that it is a very large and increasingly clinical world”. Whatever the specialty chosen, Pedreira also explains to the next residents that “once inside, you have to give everything and make the most of it”.

For its part, Javier Alonso Zazospecialist in Radiopharmacy and Internal in the fourth year of the Hospital Pharmacy Service of the Getafe University Hospital, offers incoming residents of the FIR the advice that they “should not choose a specialty based on job opportunities you have” and think “where you would like to go, because that will be your home and your place of work for the next three, four or five years, depending on the specialty”.

Tips for FIR veterans to choose a specialty

Many candidates FIR residents they may have difficulty choosing their specialty. Given this, these two veterans share some of their recommendations. Pedreira recalls that “all FIR specialties are very pretty and have the same pattern”. However, Pedreira recalls that the SEFH at the “MapaFHarma” platform, an initiative that “has information on all Hospital Pharmacy departments in all hospitals so that future residents have a guide to the size of the department or the number of pharmacists attending, for example.” “A guide that will help them orient themselves because choosing a place without knowing anything about it is quite difficult,” adds Pedreira.

For his part, Alonso Zazo recommends that, as long as the epidemiological situation permits, “come in person to see which services you’d most like to work on.” A decision which “can help them in the choice of their specialty”, concludes Alonzo Zazo.

Hospital pharmacy: here are the reasons to choose it

As a resident of the hospital pharmacy, Pedreira encourages future residents and says that “this specialty is very subject to to research and in each of the hospitals, they will be able to do doctoral theses and publish articles”. In this sense, he also affirms that “the role of the resident in fields such as the evaluation of medication is growing and, on a professional level, very rewarding”.

Once the specialty of Hospital pharmacyin this case, Alonso Zazo urges them to “fight every day for this and for the place where they want to be, in addition to remembering that they are going to spend a large part of their time and space with people with whom they will maintain a close relationship.In this sense, he encourages other residents to “enjoy and benefit from the experience, in addition to letting themselves be accompanied by the elderly and the associates”.


“You have to leave with a good feeling, as well as leave with the idea that you can collaborate or work with these people in the future”


Residents who so wish can choose rotations outside the center where they started. This is the case of Alonso Zazo who, during his residence of hospital pharmacy, was able to live other experiences in places such as the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid. In this regard, the R4 He assures that “it was a real pleasure” and adds that “in each of the centers where I went, I was always eager to learn, to collaborate and to help”.

An initiative that allows “to leave a good feeling, as well as to leave with this positive perception and with the idea that you will be able to collaborate or work with these people in the future”, underlines Alonzo Zazo.

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