The Impact of Incorporating of Pharmacogenomics into the Pharmacy Curriculum on Student Interest

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Pharmacy Education, ISSN: 1477-2701, Vol: 12, Issue: 1, Page: 31-36

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Vaksman, Natalya; Barnett, Mitchell; Hakobyan, Leann; Kutcher, Ilya; Louie, Maggie
pharmacogenomics; pharmacy curriculum; pharmacogenetics; Higher Education; Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Economics
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Background: Pharmacogenomics content in the pharmacy curriculum has increased since AACP adopted NCHPEG guidelines in 2001. Aims: To evaluate how program level curricular changes impact pharmacy student opinions regarding pharmacogenomics, and gauge student interest in pursuing a career in pharmacogenomics. Methods: First and third year students from eight pharmacy schools in California completed a survey indicating their attitudes towards pharmacogenomics. Results: The survey concluded that the presence of a stand-alone pharmacogenomics course did not impact student perceived preparedness for a career in pharmacogenomics. Furthermore, the presence of a course did not influence student interest in pursuing a residency, fellowship, or career in pharmacogenomics. While the presence of a faculty specialising in pharmacogenomics increased student awareness, it did not increase student interest in pursuing a pharmacogenomics career. Conclusion: The integration of pharmacogenomics into the pharmacy curriculum resulted in positive perceptions regarding student preparedness for a pharmacy career in pharmacogenomics, but did not cultivate student interest.