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Investigation and Development of Competency-based Training Program for Pharmacists in a Hospital
Korean J Clin Pharm 2018;28(4):347-354
Published online December 31, 2018
© 2018 Korean College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Min Ah Kim1,2, Sun Ah Kim2, So hyun Park3, and Sandy Jeong Rhie1,2,3,4*

1Graduate School of Converging Clinical & Public Health, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 03745, Republic of Korea
2Department of Pharmacy, Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital, Seoul 07985, Republic of Korea
3Division of Life and Pharmaceutical Science and College of Pharmacy, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 03745, Republic of Korea
Correspondence to: Sandy Jeong Rhie, Graduate School of Converging Clinical & Public Health, Division of Life and Pharmaceutical Science and College of Pharmacy, Ewha Womans University, 52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Seoul 03760, Republic of Korea E-mail:
Received September 16, 2018; Revised December 25, 2018; Accepted December 26, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objective: This study was to investigate and develop a training program that integrated and strengthened clinical competence and capacity of hospital pharmacists which would be implemented at the pharmacy department of Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital.
Methods: We assessed the training programs of hospital pharmacists in the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan and compared those of major hospitals in Seoul and Gyeonggi provinces in Korea. The survey assessed the satisfaction on the current educational programs for pharmacists at Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital and a newly designed education program was suggested.
Results: The major differences of the programs among the Korean hospitals and Mokdong Hospital were the training period and contents of the entry-level pharmacist education program. The overall satisfaction of the training program was >3 points on 5- Likert scale in the survey. There was no significant difference of the satisfaction level based on the employment period of pharmacists. The pharmacists were in more than 7 training programs of clinical support work. We proposed the clinical support training for the new pharmacists to be separated from orientation and concentrated on actual work duty. In order to improve the competency, it was encouraged to participate the in-house seminar or certify the related fields provided by Korean Society of Health-system Pharmacists.
Conclusion: The education program was assessed among different countries and hospitals of Korea. We suggested to update education program in the hospital to enhance pharmacists’ competency.
Keywords : Training programs, competence, hospital pharmacist, satisfaction

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