South University School of Pharmacy faculty member Dr. Greg Alston’s research was recently published by the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.
Alston and his co-authors studied how closely the needs of those hiring new pharmacy graduates aligned with standards set by the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE). CAPE’s 2013 Educational Outcomes were expanded to include “professional skills and personal attributes” pharmacists need in the workplace.
Alston’s research surveyed a broad group of practicing pharmacists and found that a majority of the respondents believed the new standards covered attributes needed for a new pharmacist to be considered ‘practice ready.’ The research concludes that the 2013 CAPE Educational Outcomes can be used by pharmacy faculty and administrators to influence their curriculum.
Alston is Associate Dean of Operations for the School of Pharmacy at South University, Savannah.
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