The Conscience of a Pharmacist: Essays on Vision and Leadership for a Profession

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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2002 - Medical - 196 pages
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At a point in an individual's journey as a pharmacist, one becomes aware of the immense gap between the potential and the actual performance of pharmacy as a health profession. For some pharmacists, this is a fleeting cognizance with a significance so troubling that it is denied and buried forever. Other common reactions include resignation, frustration, cynicism, and escape. The most constructive response is dedication to reform of the profession, in whatever sphere of influence a pharmacist has.

A spirit of reform shaped the essays in this book, which were first published as editorials in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP). The editorials selected for this book-half of them written in 1990s, the rest earlier-are still relevant to the state of pharmacy today. In some cases, the essays offer historical perspective on particular choices the profession has made, such as the adoption of Pharm.D. degree education as the minimum for all new practitioners.

The hope is that this book will attract and arouse new readers-the practitioners, educators, residents, and students who have not been exposed to the pharmacy literature of the past twenty years-and incite them to make pharmacy a better profession.

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William Zellmer currently serves as writer-in-residence for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). A former deputy executive vice president for ASHP, Mr. Zellmer has worked for the organization in a range of capacities since 1970.

Among his many career honors, Mr. Zellmer was awarded the 2009 Donald E. Francke Medal from ASHP. He has also served as the John W. Webb Visiting Professor in Hospital Pharmacy at Northeastern University in Boston, and as a visiting pharmacist at the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Mr. Zellmer earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin in 1967, and completed his hospital pharmacy residency at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Baltimore, where he later finished his master's in public health (health policy and management) at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

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