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A Career in Pharmacy. A Career In Pharmacy. Education Required (MUN School of Pharmacy). High school graduate Pre-Pharmacy One year of prerequisite courses Math, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology Application to Pharmacy School Deadline March 1

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education required mun school of pharmacy
Education Required (MUN School of Pharmacy)
  • High school graduate
  • Pre-Pharmacy
    • One year of prerequisite courses
      • Math, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology
  • Application to Pharmacy School
    • Deadline March 1
    • Academic average, volunteer work, & references
education requirements cont d
Education Requirements Cont’d
  • THE INTERVIEW
    • 96 applicants
    • Problem based
    • Faculty, Pharmacists, Student
  • Getting Accepted
    • ~40 students per year
    • 25 seats reserved for NL applicants
    • Anyone can compete for the remaining 15 seats
education requirements cont d1
Education requirements Cont’d
  • School of Pharmacy
    • 4 year program
    • Courses
      • Biochemistry (nutrition, metabolism)
      • Pharmaceutics
      • Physiology/Anatomy/Pathology
      • Professional Practice
      • Pharmacokinetics
      • Pharmacology
      • Toxicology
      • Medicinal Chemistry/Chemotherapy
      • Pharmacy Skills
      • Seminar
      • THERAPEUTICS
education requirements cont d2
Education Requirements Cont’d
  • Structured Practice Experience (SPE)
    • Four weeks during the summer
    • Retail, hospital, industry or research
    • Pharmacist as preceptor
  • Clinical Clerkship (SPE 4)
    • Two 6 week hospital placements
    • Case presentations
    • Rounds with doctors, nurses…..
  • Graduate with Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy)
licensing requirements
Licensing Requirements
  • PEBC exam
    • Written
    • Oral
  • Provincial Licensing exam
    • Laws
    • Ethics
beyond the books
Beyond the Books
  • Orientation week
  • Pharmacy mixers
  • Industrial trip
  • Christmas parties
  • Sports
  • CAPSI/MUPS
  • Yearbook Committee
  • Retro-bowling
  • House parties
  • PDW
  • PAW
  • Friends
career opportunities
Career Opportunities
  • Community
    • Independent drug store, chain drug store, grocery, mass merchandiser
  • Hospital
  • Industry
  • Research
  • Academia
  • Pharmacy organizations
  • Government
  • Others
traditional versus changing role
Traditional versus Changing Role
  • Traditional view
  • Shift to “Pharmaceutical Care”
  • Focus shifted so that everything has to do with the patient
  • Working on wellness, disease prevention
  • Interprofessional teamwork
the pharmacist role
The Pharmacist Role
  • Traditional Roles
    • Dispensing medications
    • Identifying drug interactions
    • OTC recommendations
    • Drug Information
    • Compounding Medications
the pharmacist role1
The Pharmacist Role
  • Expanded (Changing) Roles
    • Patient Counseling
    • Provision of Cognitive services
    • Health Promotion
    • Identifying drug related problems
    • Prescribing rights
hospital pharmacy
Hospital Pharmacy
  • Dispensary & clinical roles
  • Identify medication related problems by going on rounds with the health care team & reviewing patients’ charts
  • Interviewing, counseling, discharge planning
  • May specialize in a particular area-Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry etc
  • Teach students, involved in research
other activities
Other Activities
  • Committees
    • NLPB, PANL, CSHP etc
  • Educational events
  • Journals
  • Public speaking
  • Visits to students, seniors etc
characteristics of a good pharmacist
Characteristics of a Good Pharmacist
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Caring attitude & empathy
  • Taking responsibility for actions
  • Dedication
  • Patience
  • Leadership
  • Team player
  • Conscientious
  • Good decision making capability
incentives
Incentives
  • Pharmacist in demand
  • Unlimited job options
    • Even in NL
    • Full-time/Part-time choices
  • High paying job
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Signing bonuses
  • Relocation pay
  • Benefits
  • Flexible hours
  • Opportunity to advance
rewards
Rewards
  • Active role in a person’s health
    • Little things that make a difference in someone’s life
  • Developing relationships with patients
  • Interaction with other health care professionals
  • Working as a team
    • Pharmacy technicians, fellow pharmacists
  • Support Networks
    • CPhA, NLPB, PANL, CSHP
  • Continuous learning
  • Leadership
  • Trust and Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Expand career options
challenges
Challenges
  • Unpredictable work day
    • Never a dull moment
  • Dealing with unpleasant customers
  • Reading prescriptions
  • Being on your feet all day
  • Busy times often means no lunch or break
  • Expanding the role of the pharmacist
  • Being recognized as the drug medication expert on the health care team
  • Being properly compensated for services
  • Responsibility
  • Stress
for additional information
For Additional Information
  • Websites
    • www.pharmacists.ca
    • www.aphanet.org/pathways/pathways.html
    • www.mun.ca/pharmacy
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