Teaching paediatric pharmacotherapy at colleges of pharmacy in the United States and Canada

J Clin Pharm Ther. 1994 Feb;19(1):3-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2710.1994.tb00801.x.


We conducted a survey of 83 colleges of pharmacy in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada to determine the status of didactic and experiential paediatric pharmacotherapy teaching in entry-level programmes. Sixty-five completed surveys (54 from BS programmes and 11 from entry-level PharmD programmes) were received and analysed. Forty-four (81.5%) BS programmes and 11 (100%) of the entry-level PharmD programmes provide an average of 5.1 and 9.2 h of didactic paediatric teaching, respectively. While all of the entry-level PharmD programmes offered experiential rotations in paediatrics, only 38 (70%) provided BS students with an opportunity to receive paediatric experiential training. Colleges of pharmacy should re-evaluate their curricula to ensure sufficient preparation of graduates in paediatric pharmacotherapy for entry-level positions.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Pharmacy / trends*
  • Education, Pharmacy, Graduate / trends
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Pharmacology, Clinical / education*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States