Reconsidering the residency training pathway for ambulatory care pharmacists

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Ambulatory care, commonly found in primary care settings, is a growing area of pharmacy practice supported by an expanding number of residency training opportunities in this setting. As this practice expands, the profession has chosen to adopt structures that define it as a specialty practice area, a departure from the medical profession. A key example of this definition is the profession's alignment of residency training for this setting within postgraduate year 2 standards. In this commentary, we explore the implications of this approach and share experience from more than 20 years of statewide ambulatory care residency training in Minnesota. We question whether current training expectations are rooted in an objective evaluation of the knowledge and skills required for ambulatory care pharmacy practice. Ultimately, we call on practice leaders to take account of the impact on current training expectations for learners and pharmacy workforce development and seek a rationalization of the training pathway for ambulatory care practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-376
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Pharmacists Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2024

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