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Experiential Education: Time to Implement Change (Galley)

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Ina Lee S. Calligaro


American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Vol. 61, No. 3 (1997)
DOI: aj6103325.pdf




American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy


Many schools/colleges of pharmacy are facing a critical situation in terms of developing and/or maintaining adequate clerkship sites. This problem is a result of the increasing demand for sites in the context of a diminishing supply. The increasing demand stems from the conversion to the entry level PharmD degree, the numbers of pharmacists returning to school to earn this degree and the establishment of new schools of pharmacy. The diminishing supply is a result of the changes in the provision and finance of healthcare resulting in mergers, consolidation, downsizing, closings and harvesting of community pharmacies by large corporations. The supply problem is heightened by the fact that although the profession has embraced the concept of pharmaceutical care, the provision of this level of care continues to develop more slowly than the need for training sites. There is a dissonance between our current paradigms of experiential education and the reality of healthcare driven by an economic imperative that at times diminishes the commitment to education which has been a cornerstone for all health professional education. This issue was raised by the current AACP President, Hugh Kabat, during the Board of Directors meeting held last February. The Board Members analyzed this situation in depth and developed an action plan to address this issue at all levels within the association (copy available through AACP).

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