Overcoming Past Perceptions and a Profession-Wide Identity Crisis to Reflect Pharmacy’s Future
AuthorWagner, Jamie L.
Boyle, Cynthia J.
Ballou, Jordan M.
Persky, Adam M.
Malcom, Daniel R.
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
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AbstractThe profession of pharmacy has come to encompass myriad identities, including apothecary, dispenser, merchandiser, expert advisor, and health care provider. While these identities have changed over time, the responsibilities and scope of practice have not evolved to keep up with the goals of the profession and the level of education of practicing pharmacists in the United States. By assuming that the roles of the aforementioned identities involve both product-centric and patient-centric responsibilities, our true professional identity is unclear, which can be linked to the prevalence of the impostor phenomenon within the profession. For pharmacy to truly move forward, a unified definition for the profession is needed by either letting go of past identities or separating these identities from each other by altering standards within professional degree programs and practice models. Without substantial changes to the way we approach this challenge as a profession, the problems described will only persist and deepen. © 2022, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. All rights reserved.
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