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Pharmacy professor published in The Annals of Pharmacotherapy

An article by Dr. David Bright, an Ohio Northern University assistant professor of pharmacy, and his colleagues, titled “The Mandatory Residency Dilemma: Parallels to Historical Transitions in Pharmacy Education” will appear in the November 2010 print and online issues of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.
The objective of Bright’s article is to review recent literature regarding mandatory residencies in the perspective of the historical entry-level degree debate. Fewer than 10 years ago, colleges of pharmacy made the transition to offering the PharmD as the sole entry-level degree for licensure as a pharmacist. Similar debates have taken place over the past several years and continue to take place regarding the necessity for residency training.
“As pharmacists dive deeper into non-dispensing roles, the profession continues to debate the educational requirements for pharmacy practice,” said Bright. “It was our intent to demonstrate how the recent mandatory residency debate in pharmacy is similar to the recent transition to the PharmD degree.”
Bright and his co-authors reviewed articles and studies that call for pharmacy majors to participate in mandatory residency training for entry into the pharmacy profession. Studies have called for the mandate to be put into place by 2020.
The Annals of Pharmacotherapy is an independent, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of the safe, effective and economical use of medications.