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Title

Chair Report of the APhA-ASP/AACP-COD Task Force on Professionalization: Enhancing Professionalism in Pharmacy Education and Practice (Galley)

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Author(s)

Robert S. Beardsley

Journal

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Vol. 60, No. 4 Supplement (1996)
DOI: aj600426S.pdf

ISSN

002-9459

Publisher

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Abstract

Professionalism is a difficult concept to describe. Most pharmacy practitioners and educators agree that professionalism should be reflected in their daily activities; but many do not realize what exactly defines their professionalism. They recognize it when it is present or lacking, but they cannot identify the specific components of it. They may realize that they need to improve their degree of professionalism or the professionalism of others, but they do not necessarily know exactly what to do. In order to address this important issue, the American Pharmaceutical Association (through its Academy of Students of Pharmacy) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (through its Council of Deans) formed a joint Task Force in 1993. The Task Force, comprised of five students and five faculty members, has met several times to discuss professionalism and how to enhance it in pharmacy practice and education (Appendix A). The primary goal of the Task Force is to make students, faculty and practitioners aware of the importance of professionalism and how their actions enhance or erode their level of professionalism.

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