Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pharmacy grads for shortage still 2 years off

From CBC News:
Administrators at the Maritimes' only pharmacy school have no plans to increase enrollment but are expecting the first graduates from the University of Waterloo can help address a national shortage of pharmacists.

With hundreds of pharmacist jobs vacant across the country, Neil MacKinnon, associate director with Dalhousie University's pharmacy program, said his school has already moved to address the shortage.

"About five or six years ago we increased our class size from 65 students per year to 90," said MacKinnon.

"There's one new pharmacy school that opened up in Canada two years ago at the University of Waterloo."

That new school will release its first graduates into the job market in two years.

The P.E.I. Pharmacists Association told CBC News this week the national shortage means there is constant strain on the 180 pharmacists in the province. ...more

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