Pharmacy Schools Discuss Entrepreneurship

Pharmacy schools are responsible for teaching future pharmacists all that they need to know about medicine – from composition to consultation.

Targeting another known aspect of the profession, pharmacy schools are talking more about the facets of entrepreneurship training for today’s graduates.

Pharmacists may choose to be an employee of a company or start their own business to become an entrepreneur. Many graduates start out as an employee and later open their own business. With so much competition, pharmacy schools are taking another look at their business training for these non-business students.

Pharmacists are scientists, by trade. Traditionally, professional training in pharmacy school covered liability and various aspects of business ownership. Today’s pharmacy schools are doing more to hone in on business ownership, however, so that some students stand a better chance at doing business on their own.  This might include more rigorous training, testing, and intern opportunities.

The University of Florida, for example, has begun a summer internship for its pharmacy school students. Student can spend a summer working under the supervision of an independent pharmacy owner and operator to gain understanding into what it means to be a successful community pharmacist. A pharmacy school at the Presbyterian College in Greenville, California was recently in the news for launching a new Center for Entrepreneurial Development. These types of enrichment programs are springing up at pharmacy schools across the nation.

A report published in the Journal of Enterprising Culture (2010, vol. 18, issue 02, pages 193-203) looked into the way pharmacy schools are teaching entrepreneurship and found that the traditional methods may not be as effective as once thought. The report suggested that there is still much to learn about teaching pharmacy students about owning and operating a successful independent business. The abstract states “our understanding of how should the non-business students be taught is still limited.”

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    Pharmacy Schools Discuss Entrepreneurship…

    Pharmacy schools have always discussed the details of entrepreneurship, but a recent surge in interest implies there may be more to it than once thought….

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    Pharmacy Schools Discuss Entrepreneurship…

    Pharmacy schools have always discussed the details of entrepreneurship, but a recent surge in interest implies there may be more to it than once thought….