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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ina Lee Calligaro, Pharm.D.(Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: This broad overview of the profession of pharmacy will be most useful to students considering entering the profession and to individuals interested in demographics of the profession. The use of key terms at the start of each chapter and questions at the end of each chapter enhance the book.
Purpose: The purpose is to inform individuals considering pharmacy as a career and students about the profession and the diverse career paths available. The section on pharmacist profiles is interesting to read, but it overlaps with the APhA Career Paths Program.
Audience: The authors state that this book is intended for pre-pharmacy and current pharmacy students. It is perfect for this audience, particularly pre-pharmacy and first year pharmacy students.
Features: The book is well organized, starting with applying to pharmacy school, gaining work experience, internship requirements, statistics relating to the profession, and, finally, career planning. The strengths of this book are the definitions of key terms, essential for individuals new to understanding terminology common to pharmacy and other health professions. The questions at the end of each chapter will help students think about what they have read and how it might impact them on a more personal level. Because it is a broad overview, it may not be sufficient for students enrolled in pharmacy school and may be better for individuals considering the profession. The authors do provide resources for additional information. The main shortcoming of this book is that it gives facts, but is not inspirational about the evolving role of pharmacy and the impact pharmacists have on the prevention of disease, outcomes of therapy, and cost of care.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for students considering pharmacy as a career. There are more comprehensive books for students already enrolled in pharmacy school. For them, Pharmacy: An Introduction to the Profession, 2nd edition, Michael Posey (American Pharmacists Association, 2009), and Pharmaceutical Care Practice: The Patient Centered Approach to Medication Management, 3rd edition, Cipolle et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2012), would provide a better foundation.