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Am J Pharm Educ. 2017 Oct;81(8):S11. doi: 10.5688/ajpeS11.

Competency, Programming, and Emerging Innovation in Graduate Education within Schools of Pharmacy: The Report of the 2016-2017 Research and Graduate Affairs Committee.

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1
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Alexandria, Virginia.
3
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
4
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington, Kentucky.
5
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, Kansas City, Missouri.
6
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, New York.
7
Western New England University College of Pharmacy, Springfield, Massachussetts.
8
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Chicago, Illinois.

Abstract

Graduate education in the pharmaceutical sciences is a cornerstone of research within pharmacy schools. Pharmaceutical scientists are critical contributors to addressing the challenges of new drug discovery, delivery, and optimal care in order to ensure improved therapeutic outcomes in populations of patients. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) charged the 2016-2017 Research and Graduate Affairs Committee (RGAC) to define the competencies necessary for graduate education in the pharmaceutical sciences (Charge 1), recommend collaborative curricular development across schools of pharmacy (Charge 2), recommend AACP programing for graduate education (Charge 3), and provide guidance on emerging areas for innovation in graduate education (Charge 4). With respect to Charges 1 and 2, the RGAC committee developed six domains of core competencies for graduate education in the pharmaceutical sciences as well as recommendations for shared programming. For Charge 3, the committee made 3 specific programming recommendations that include AACP sponsored regional research symposia, a professional development forum at the AACP INterim Meeting, and the addition of a graduate research and education poster session at the AACP Annual Meeting. For Charge 4, the committee recommended that AACP develop a standing committee of graduate program deans and directors to provide guidance to member schools in support of graduate program representation at AACP meetings, develop skills for interprofessional teamwork and augment research through integration of Pharm.D., Ph.D., postdoctoral associates, resident, and fellow experiences. Two proposed policy statements by the committee are that AACP believes core competencies are essential components of graduate education and AACP supports the inclusion of research and graduate education focuses in its portfolio of meetings and programs.

KEYWORDS:

Doctor of Philosophy; Graduate Education; Master’s Degree; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Pharmacy; Research; Research and Graduate Affairs Committee

PMID:
29200459
PMCID:
PMC5701334
DOI:
10.5688/ajpeS11
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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