Investigation of student views on industrial pharmacy

Kirby-Smith, J., Portlock, J. and Brown, D. (2008) Investigation of student views on industrial pharmacy. Pharmacy Education, 8 (1). pp. 7-11. 10.1080/15602210701875333.

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DOI: 10.1080/15602210701875333

Abstract

Aims: To identify the key reasons why few pharmacy students opt for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Methods: A 17 item questionnaire was developed and distributed to final year undergraduates in UK schools of pharmacy. Respondents gave views on possible career choices using structured and open questions and a five point Likert scale. Results: Questionnaires were returned from 219 final year pharmacy undergraduates. Seventy-one students expressed an interest in industrial pharmacy. Key attractions of the industry included a wide range of job opportunities and a research environment; key detractors included lack of patient contact and a perception that work would be dull, difficult and laboratory based. Conclusion: Undergraduates do not have enough information concerning industrial pharmacy to be able to make informed judgements concerning opportunities in this sector.

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