Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacy Education Gets Mixed Marks

Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacy Education Gets Mixed Marks

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When it comes to grading their alma mater, the majority of pharmacists feel that their pharmacy school did a good job of preparing them for professional practice, but they wish their education had leaned a little heavier on the clinical side.

Six out of 10 pharmacists rated their overall educational preparation as excellent or very good. The highest marks came from Pharm.D.s, 76% of whom feel their education was excellent or very good. Only 49% of hospital pharmacists gave such high marks, and another 13% rated their education as only fair.

Clinical education is the one area in which many pharmacists feel their pharmacy professors let them down. More than half (53%) feel that they received too little instruction in clinical subject matter. Almost 64% of hospital pharmacists feel their clinical preparation was inadequate; that's slightly better than the 71% who felt the same way in our 1992 survey. Not surprisingly, 64% of pharmacists who have been in practice more than 30 years share the negative viewpoint of the hospital crowd. …

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