Postgraduate training for pharmacists: An educational method to advance practice

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Abstract

There are important changes occurring in health care around the world that are affecting the practice of pharmacy and pharmaceutical education. Economic pressures and advances in technology have shifted emphasis away from drug preparation and distribution roles for pharmacists. Public concern about the safety and quality of health care, including drug therapy, have created opportunities for new roles for pharmacists and a need to examine how the knowledge and skills needed for these roles can be learned. There are different ways this learning can be accomplished, including continuing education, certificate, residency training, fellowship, postgraduate professional degree and graduate degree programmes. Each of these programmes has advantages and disadvantages. Pharmacists who are interested in advancing practice will need to make use of one or more of these methods to prepare themselves for new roles. Pharmaceutical educators will have an opportunity to help advance practice by providing pharmacists with the knowledge and skills they need by providing postgraduate education in addition to continually updating the pharmacy degree curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Pharmacy Journal
Volume12
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science

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