Third-year pharmacy students' work experience and attitudes and perceptions of the pharmacy profession

Mark Siracuse, Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, Ronald S. Hadsall, Jon C. Schommer

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Objectives. To describe PharmD students' work experiences and activities; examine their attitudes towards their work; examine perceptions of preceptor pharmacists they worked with; and determine important issues associated with career preference. Methods. A written survey was administered to third-year doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students at 8 colleges and schools of pharmacy in the Midwest. Results. Five hundred thirty-three students (response rate = 70.4%) completed the survey instrument. Nearly 100% of PharmD students reported working in a pharmacy by the time their advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) began. Seventy-eight percent reported working in a community pharmacy, and 67% had worked in a chain community pharmacy. For all practice settings, students reported spending 69% of their time on activities such as compounding, dispensing, and distribution of drug products. Conclusions. Most students are working in community pharmacy (mainly chain) positions where their primary function is traditional drug product dispensing and distribution. Having a controllable work schedule was the variable most strongly associated with career choice for all students.

Original languageEnglish
Article number50
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Volume72
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008

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  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Education

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Third-year pharmacy students' work experience and attitudes and perceptions of the pharmacy profession. / Siracuse, Mark; Schondelmeyer, Stephen W.; Hadsall, Ronald S.; Schommer, Jon C.

In: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 72, No. 3, 50, 2008.

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