Becoming Pharmacy Professionals: Curriculum Development for the 21st Century


Sunday July 8, 9:30am - 10:10am, Plenary two - Preparing for the 21st Century


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In educating aspiring pharmacists, we not only expect them to acquire knowledge and skills, but also that they transition from being students to pharmacists.  In contrast to this transition, pharmacy programs more commonly focus on imparting knowledge and skills for later application during professional practice.  While knowledge and skills are important, such a focus is inadequate for enabling a transition to skilful professionals.
A key argument in this presentation is that educating aspiring pharmacists must be concerned not only with what they know or can do, but also how they are learning to be pharmacists.  What this means for developing a 21st century pharmacy curriculum will also be considered.