YoungBuzz Counselor - Dear Nimna Uthup,
Jan 11, 2013
With the introduction of Pharm.D. programme in India (strong presence/colleges in Karnataka), qualified candidates are be in a better position to take-up the practice this rewarding profession in foreign countries and be equipped to take on specialized roles in the emerging healthcare and pharmaceutical industry in India which is growing rapidly to match up to international standards. The response is very encouraging and in just a few years of rolling out this course, we have seen immense response from students who are pursuing an alternate yet very serious career in the healthcare segment. The response for this course has been very good from the students coming from other states and other countries as well.
Also a good response from B.Pharm. graduates seeking clinical practice as their career option. This course is a 3 years course after B.Pharm. and is called Post Baccalaureate Pharm.D. programme.
- What are the career options?
The qualified Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy)professionals have the opportunity to work as Qualified Clinical Pharmacists in hospitals and nursing homes. A separate pharmacy practice department catering to the needs of the hospital, based on the bed strength can function to add value to the services available in the hospital. The candidates can work in clinical research organizations, managing and analyzing clinical data. They can be employed in drug design and development, in Pharmacovigilence and other related offshoot emerging branches in this area. In several western countries, a qualified professional is entitled to a professional consultation fee just like doctors, while playing a role that is almost equally important. The students are trained in a hospital environment and the knowledge gained is unique so that the services can match the requirement from the doctors as well as the patients.
With the advent of qualified Pharm.D. professionals, the lacuna that has been present because of the absence of qualified clinical pharmacists now will be filled. This will help both the patients as well as doctors in so many different ways including the choice of best drugs, avoidance of drug drug interactions, allergies, toxicities and so on. The response for this course has been very good from the students coming from accross India and foreign countries. Unfortunately, there is no much awareness about this programme in India. Actually, there is a good response even from B.Pharm. graduates seeking clinical practice as their career option. This course is a 3 years course after B.Pharm. and is called Post Baccalaureate Pharm.D. programme. For the commencement of Pharm.D. programme, strict requirements have been stipulated by the Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi. Only those pharmacy colleges with a standing of not less than 10 years are eligible to apply for the commencement of the course. Also, a 500 bedded hospital is required to be available for training the students. Post graduate faculty trained in the department of Pharmacy Practice / Clinical Pharmacy are required to be appointed.