In the fast-growing profession of pharmacy, services have expanded in various directions and standards for pharmacists are held to a higher level than ever before.
According to a recent Gallup poll, 68% of American adults believe that pharmacists have very high honesty and ethical standards compared to other professionals. It is by this standard that pharmacists are growing the professional field producing additional career opportunities in various settings. Over the past several years, expansion of scope has held pharmacists to an even higher standard of knowledge. Prospective students are expected to know how these changes will impact their career prospects. Curriculum expansion has seen Doctor of Pharmacy students obtaining additional training or certification upon graduation. This includes vaccination and Medication Therapy Management (MTM) certificate training programs.
The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is designed to prepare students to pursue careers as a pharmacy professional. Continuous professional competence is an implied requirement for the prospective professional upon graduation. Therefore it is vital students are exposed to a method by which they may pursue their continuous professional development. For example, continuous professional competence is needed for newly licensed pharmacists in New York State who wish to participant on standing orders to deliver vaccinations. Information in this field changes on a daily basis thus requiring additional training and knowledge. Additional reading for any health professional is essential for individuals to keep up with the most recent current health-related events in the field, such as new drug developments or seasonal influenza updates Having a reading regimen may provide students the opportunity to be exposed to the various pharmacy topics as needed by a prospective professional.
Please click the button below to access the Reading Regimen tool. You will be asked to select up to 5 choices for each category: pharmacy settings, pharmacy career attributes, and professional pharmacy organizations. After your selection, you will receive a list of recommended readings based on your interests. There will be links to direct access of your customized periodicals to find more information. Some periodically may have membership restrictions.
So I have a few things to say about the tool, firstly it was great! There were so many journals that I just didn't even know existed. However I will say that when choosing, I almost felt overwhelmed with the number of choices. When I decided on a couple the journals that popped up were actually very relevant in content to what I wanted. However, one of them was centered out of Great Britain didn't really pertain to US pharmacy.
I think there needs to be some way to be able to determine free vs. paid subscription journals. Many of them are covered by UB library's subscriptions. I think it is a great idea and I'm excited for where this project can go.