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A Survey to Determine Influences on Pharmacy Students’ Choice of Pharmacy as a Major

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Objective:
The purpose of this survey was to determine the influence of role model practitioners and the influence of career counseling on pharmacy students’ choice of pharmacy as a major.

Methods:
A 30 question survey was given to first, second and third year pharmacy students enrolled at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and Florida A&M
University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The survey was designed to determine whether the students had exposure to pharmacy through practitioner role models within their communities; to determine whether or not students had been counseled positively or negatively within their educational system and community; and to examine how this counseling affected their choice of pharmacy as a college major

Results:
A total of 463 students participated in the survey. The majority of students (78.6%) indicated they had been encouraged to pursue pharmacy. Most often students were encouraged to pursue pharmacy by a family member or friend (94%). Students were also frequently encouraged by pharmacists or pharmacy students (54%) to pursue pharmacy. Twenty-one percent indicated that they had been discouraged from pursuing pharmacy. Pharmacy was the first career choice for 47% of students and second career choice for 40%. Potential earning power was a factor for 79% of students. “Career Day” events appeared to have a small impact with only 24.5% indicating these as an influence.

Implications:
Colleges of pharmacy benefit by understanding how potential pharmacy students may be recruited to the profession.
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Anderson, Douglas., Sheffield, Melody., Massey, Angela. and Cobb, Henry. "A Survey to Determine Influences on Pharmacy Students’ Choice of Pharmacy as a Major" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA, Jul 05, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p118131_index.html>

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Anderson, D. C., Sheffield, M. C., Massey, A. and Cobb, H. , 2006-07-05 "A Survey to Determine Influences on Pharmacy Students’ Choice of Pharmacy as a Major" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p118131_index.html

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Abstract: Objective:
The purpose of this survey was to determine the influence of role model practitioners and the influence of career counseling on pharmacy students’ choice of pharmacy as a major.

Methods:
A 30 question survey was given to first, second and third year pharmacy students enrolled at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and Florida A&M
University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The survey was designed to determine whether the students had exposure to pharmacy through practitioner role models within their communities; to determine whether or not students had been counseled positively or negatively within their educational system and community; and to examine how this counseling affected their choice of pharmacy as a college major

Results:
A total of 463 students participated in the survey. The majority of students (78.6%) indicated they had been encouraged to pursue pharmacy. Most often students were encouraged to pursue pharmacy by a family member or friend (94%). Students were also frequently encouraged by pharmacists or pharmacy students (54%) to pursue pharmacy. Twenty-one percent indicated that they had been discouraged from pursuing pharmacy. Pharmacy was the first career choice for 47% of students and second career choice for 40%. Potential earning power was a factor for 79% of students. “Career Day” events appeared to have a small impact with only 24.5% indicating these as an influence.

Implications:
Colleges of pharmacy benefit by understanding how potential pharmacy students may be recruited to the profession.

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