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    New standard for pharmacy residency programs approved

    Recently, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) approved a new standard for PGY1 community-based residency training programs. 

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    Both organizations, which are responsible for accrediting community-based residency training programs, said the new standard would increase focus on patient needs and the future of pharmacy.

    The education and training requirements in the new standard is focused on developing the knowledge and skills needed for individual pharmacists rather than the practice settings where care is provided.  

    Mandatory implementation of the new standard is expected by July 2017. The Community-based Pharmacy Residency Accreditation Taskforce is expected to release a guidance document later this year.

    “The new standard keeps pace with current trends in pharmacy practice and the need for additional training opportunities in diverse outpatient and community settings,” James Owen, APhA’s vice president of practice and science affairs, stated in a release.

    “Additionally, the standard provides enhanced flexibility to organizations with the desire to engage in residency training. This will potentially lead to an increase in the number of residency programs and positions within this sector of pharmacy practice,” Owen said.

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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