Title

Promoting and maintaining diversity in pharmaceutical education

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Publication Date

1-22-2015

Volume

31

Issue

24

Abstract

Today's pharmacists are essential health care providers placed in more diverse environments than in the past. In contemporary practice, they need to possess knowledge and communication skills unprecedented in the history of pharmaceutical care. In many communities, the community pharmacist is spearheading wellness programs to assist patients with immunizations, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and cholesterol screenings. The demographic composition of the United States is rapidly changing, indicating a pivotal shift of the minority population to majority. The increasing numbers of minority persons should give rise to a new generation of pharmacist leaders to create social and political changes throughout society. To produce the next generation of minority pharmacists and pharmacy educators, more students must be recruited into pharmaceutical programs. A solid investment in the promotion of diversity in pharmaceutical education is crucial to strengthen the pipeline and ensure the growth and enhancement of the pharmaceutical sciences for many years.

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