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Am J Pharm Educ. 2011 Mar 10;75(2):27.

Core competencies for research training in the clinical pharmaceutical sciences.

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University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA. poloyac@pitt.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify and apply core competencies for training students enrolled in the clinical pharmaceutical scientist PhD training program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

DESIGN:

Faculty members reached consensus on the required core competencies for the program and mapped them to curricular and experiential requirements.

ASSESSMENT:

A rubric was created based on core competencies spanning 8 major categories of proficiency, and competencies of clinical versus traditional PhD training were delineated. A retrospective evaluation of the written comprehensive examinations of 12 former students was conducted using the rubric. Students scored above satisfactory in 11 out of 14 comprehensive examination metrics, with a mean score greater than 3.8 on a 5-point scale.

CONCLUSIONS:

The core competencies identified will provide an essential foundation for informed decision-making and assessment of PhD training in the clinical pharmaceutical sciences.

KEYWORDS:

clinical research; competencies; doctor of philosophy degree; graduate education; pharmaceutical sciences

PMID:
21519417
PMCID:
PMC3073101
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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