Graduating pharmacy students' perspectives on e-professionalism and social media

Am J Pharm Educ. 2013 Sep 12;77(7):146. doi: 10.5688/ajpe777146.


Objective: To determine the use patterns of social media among graduating pharmacy students, characterize students' views and opinions of professionalism on popular social media sites, and compare responses about social media behavior among students seeking different types of employment.

Methods: All graduating pharmacy students (n=516) at Purdue University, The University of Findlay, Butler University, and Midwestern University were invited to complete a survey instrument during the fall semester of 2011.

Results: Of 212 (41%) students who responded to the survey, 93% (194/209) had a social media profile. Seventy-four percent (120/162) of participants felt they should edit their social media profiles prior to applying for a job.

Conclusions: Many graduating pharmacy students use social media; however, there appears to be a growing awareness of the importance of presenting a more professional image online as they near graduation and begin seeking employment as pharmacists.

Keywords: e-professionalism; pharmacy students; social media; social networking.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Job Application*
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Media*
  • Social Networking*
  • Students, Pharmacy*