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Pharmacy Clinical Educator Program: a novel training program implemented across a multisite tertiary health service

11 May 2024

Since COVID-19, Australian hospital pharmacy has experienced unprecedented workforce shortages. This has led to large-scale recruitment of pharmacists with limited or no prior hospital
experience. Hospital training programs exist for pharmacy interns and early to mid-career pharmacists however tailored at-the-elbow training programs for new-to-hospital pharmacists have not been established. Monash Health established a robust pharmacy clinical educator (PCE) training model, across a 7-site tertiary hospital, through the application of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) to support clinical training of new-to-hospital pharmacists to provide exceptional patient care and alleviate workforce challenges. The novel PCE program has expedited upskilling pharmacists to wards to strengthen the pharmacy workforce and continue the exceptional clinical services delivered to patients.

Graham Rivers, Deputy Director of Pharmacy - Clinical Services - Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia

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