Changes must be made in our healthcare system. Healthcare professionals must be able to provide patient-centered care by working in interprofessional teams.
This is redefining and expanding the roles of many health professions. For some disciplines, such as pharmacy, current practitioners may not feel qualified to instruct students and recent graduates in interprofessional care.
There is a lag between graduating and becoming an experienced professional trained in this new approach. As a result, a deficit of seasoned mentors may exist for many years. Will healthcare reform occur at a rate too fast for pharmacy to catch up?
How can pharmacy students efficiently transition from being in the classroom to functioning as advanced healthcare professionals capable of contributing to an interprofessional team?