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Philosophy of practice

Background:
Pharmaceutical care has been adopted as the pharmacy profession’s philosophy of care and is
defined as “a patient-centered practice in which the practitioner takes responsibility for a patient’s
drug-related needs, and is held accountable for this commitment.”1 Core tenets include meeting
a societal need, assuming responsibility for optimizing medication use, embracing a patientcentered approach, caring through an ongoing patient-pharmacist relationship, and working as a
collaborative member of the health care team.
As a student embarking on a career as patient-centered pharmacist provider, it is important to
distinguish who you are and what you value. All health care providers routinely make difficult
decisions for which there is no clear-cut answer. These decisions will affect patients and it is
important to make decisions for the right reasons. Having a personal philosophy of practice that
incorporates the profession’s philosophy of care and your own personal styles and strengths can
help navigate these decisions in a way that is true to yourself and consistent with your practice
visions, goals, and values.
This assignment is intended to be a cumulative assessment of your learning this quarter in
PHRMCY 501. You are encouraged to think about what you have learned in this class and what
you have learned in your other courses.
Objective(s):
• Compose a personalized philosophy of practice based on the patient care, professional
identity, and leadership topics introduced in PHRMCY 501 and your own professional
vision, goals, and values.
Instructions:
Compose a personal philosophy of practice. Your personal philosophy of practice must address/
answer the following reflective questions:
1. Why is becoming/ being a pharmacist important to me?
2. What is my vision for my pharmacy practice?
3. What does being a patient-centered pharmacist provider mean to me?
4. How will I leverage my personal styles, strengths, values, and beliefs to embody/ fulfill my
philosophy of practice?
Your responses to each question should include evident connections to your learning in PHRMCY
501, and other courses as appropriate, this quarter. Your responses should be reflective in nature
and not just a descriptive narrative. In other words, your responses should not just describe what
you learned, but why the learning is important and/or significant.
Your personal philosophy of practice is considered a professional document. Your philosophy of
practice must be 1-3 pages. It must be drafted using a word processor (i.e., Microsoft Word), 1”
page margins, and size 11 double spaced font. Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman are preferred
fonts. Correct spelling and grammar are expected.

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