An exploration of how well final-year pharmacy students understand professionalism

Paul Rutter*, Saira Khalid

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aim: To explore final year (year 4) United Kingdom (UK) pharmacy student views on professionalism.

Subjects and setting: 
Two focus groups were conducted with year 4 students at the University of Wolverhampton during the last semester of the course.

Results: Four main themes were identified that students thought relevant to demonstrating professionalism: appearance, personal characteristics, responsibility and knowledge. Observation and role modelling of pharmacists influenced student perception of professionalism.

Conclusions: Students had developed a sense of what constitutes professionalism, but their understanding seemed superficial and not grounded in a relationship of trust with the patient.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalPharmaceutical Journal
Issue number7654
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011


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