Differences in career paths and attributes of pharmacists completing a community pharmacy residency program (CPRP)

  • Timothy R. Ulbrich
  • Alex Adams
  • David R. Bright
  • Donald L. Sullivan
  • Evan Schnur
  • D. Todd Bess
  • James Owen
  • Lynette Bradley-Baker
Keywords: community pharmacy, residency, community pharmacy residency program (CPRP)


Objective: To determine any differences in career paths and career attributes of pharmacists who have completed a PGY1 community pharmacy residency program (CPRP) as compared to those that have not completed a PGY1 CPRP.

Methods: A web-based survey evaluating various aspects of community pharmacists' careers was distributed to 274 CPRP graduates in addition to a random sample of 7,376 community pharmacists. The survey contained 32 questions evaluating various career attributes. Questions that assessed level of agreement were on a 6-point Likert-type Scale (1=strongly disagree; 6=strongly agree).

Results: A total of 353 participants completed the survey, with 224 indicating that they had not completed a CPRP. Pharmacists who completed a CPRP responded that they spend significantly more time on patient care services, teaching, and research, and spend less time dispensing medications compared to those that have not completed a CPRP. Compared to those that did not complete a CPRP, CPRP graduates were less likely to agree that current level of workload negatively impacts job performance, motivation to work, job satisfaction, mental/emotional health, and physical health.

Conclusion: Pharmacists completing a CPRP noted significant differences in their current employment and job responsibilities. Additional expansion and education regarding the importance of CPRPs should be considered.


Type: Original Research


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Received 2016-02-10
Published 2014-01-01