PERCEPTIONS AND CAREER PREFERENCES OF PHARMACY STUDENTS. A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY CONDUCTED IN PUBLIC SECTOR UNIVERSITIES OF PAKISTAN.

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Abdul Qader
Qudsia Rehman
Aamna Habib
Ahmed Ali Mir
Amber Shafi
Sadia Rafique
Raseefa Afzal
Muhammad Zubair
Muhammad Khawar Hayat

Keywords

Perceptions, Career Preferences, Selection criteria, NHS, job workload, Hospital pharmacist

Abstract

Background:The Pharmacy is a very well oriented profession worldwide. However, in Pakistan the satisfaction level of students is not up to the rank. Therefore, this study throws lights on various aspects that will reflect the satisfaction level of pharmacy students in Pakistan.


Objective:In this work there is discussion about the perceptions, career preferences and different factors which influence the selection criteria of pharmacy students.


Material and methods

The responses were collected from final year pharmacy students by circulating a survey form in pharmacy departments of different universities. The data was analyzed by using Excel sheet and Statistical Program for Social Sciences (SPSS).


Results

The majority of the students (i.e., N=191; 85.7%) decided to get admissions in Pharm-D because they could not secure admission in MBBS. The final year pharmacy students (i.e., 21.5%) wanted to become hospital pharmacist while fewer students still did not decide about their careers. Usually the students made their career decision according to appropriate job workload (i.e., N=86; 38.6%) and flexible timing (i.e., N=83; 37.2%). Furthermore, the students (i.e., N=102; 45.7%) considered pharmacy profession as a part of national health care system (NHS).


Conclusion

The students keep pharmacy profession at second priority. They consider this profession as a part of NHS and the majority wanted to become hospital pharmacist.

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