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Are Today's Pharmacists More or Less Professional Than the Previous Generation?

Fred Eckel, Editor-in-Chief, Pharmacy Times
Published Online: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

In an article in the New York State Pharmacist, Richard O’Brocta, PharmD, states that traits of professionalism have been identified as the following:

1.  Commitment to excellence
2.  Responsibility
3.  Respect for others
4.  Honesty and integrity
5.  Care and compassion

Do you think today’s pharmacist is more or less professional than previous generations? Is being a professional something that can be taught to a student pharmacist? Or are the attitudes behind these professional skills taught in childhood, and by the time the person is in college these attitudes are difficult to change?

Some pharmacists, in fact, do voice the opinion that pharmacists of another generation are not as professional as they are, leading to this debate. When I hear older pharmacists imply that today’s younger pharmacist isn’t as professional as they are, I believe they may be too judgmental. What should I understand about the professionalism of today’s pharmacists? Please comment!

Fred Eckel
Pharmacy Times

Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
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Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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