Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Dual Degrees and Career Paths

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Dual Degrees and Career Paths

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Pharmacy education has changed much for the better over the past few decades and we can expect many more changes as societal expectations of pharmacists increase and the healthcare system evolves to patient-focused, team-based care. We now produce excellent generalist graduates who are effective as community and health-system pharmacists almost from the first day on the job. We can proudly say that the pharmacy academy educates graduates well in the core functions of pharmacy, including more progressive services such as medication therapy management.

Even though we pack 4 solid years of learning into a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program there is much that our graduates do not know. We have put a priority, as it should be, on understanding diseases, medicines, and helping people take their medicines correctly, while leaving a large range of the business and science of health to be learned on the job, somewhere else, or not at all. For a variety of obvious and some subtle reasons, we are not as effective as we should be in the core curriculum in teaching students about rapidly changing topics in biomedical sciences; how to run a business; how to work in a busy, complex, data-rich environment; and how to supervise and motivate people. The PharmD degree is necessary but often not sufficient alone to prepare pharmacists for some of the more challenging careers in pharmacy. In many domains of health care, such as health systems, corporate community pharmacies, pharmaceutical industry, and government agencies, the career ladder has many people who have earned a graduate degree in addition to a health professions degree.

In this issue of the Journal, Steven Shannon and coauthors describe dual-degree programs and residencies as opportunities to advance careers in pharmacy. (1) They describe contrasting features of the 2 paths and the competitive relationship that can develop as students choose among career paths. Dual-degree programs are clearly popular among students and now 52 colleges and schools of pharmacy offer dual-degree programs. The master of business administration (MBA), master of public health (MPH), doctor of philosophy (PhD), doctor of jurisprudence (JD), master of health administration (MHA), and master of health informatics (MHI) degrees are all examples of graduate programs that, combined with a PharmD degree, open up new doors and exciting careers. …

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