A discussion paper exploring concerns about how the expansion of pharmacy education impacts the quality of pharmacy education was released on December 6, 2010, by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The paper concludes that, to protect the quality of pharmacy education, stakeholders should reexamine the environment that led to expanded pharmacy education, and consider workforce needs and pharmacy education planning in the context of present and future healthcare environments. The paper examines issues related to “faculty recruitment and vacancies, difficulty meeting needs for introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences, as well as the growing unmet demand for post-graduate residency training,” as reported in a press release from APhA and ASHP. Further, the paper stresses that there will likely be a surplus of pharmacists instead of the shortage that led to the education expansions. The importance of ensuring that pharmacy students have the opportunity to learn team-based patient care is also explored. The paper, “Concerns about the Accelerating Expansion of Pharmacy Education: Time for Reconsideration,” (PDF) is available for download on the APhA Web site.
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