P3 Research Seminar


Student Influences in Pursuing Pharmacy

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Student Research Paper

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Objectives. To determine race, cultural background, gender, and regional factors on students’ perceptions and influences in choosing pharmacy as a profession on a national scale.

Methods. A 31-question survey was administered to P1, P2, and P3 students enrolled in schools of pharmacy at six universities across the United States. The survey was created using Qualtrics software. Data was analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis test in SPSS.

Results. The majority of students were personally encouraged to pursue pharmacy. Most students agreed that knowing a pharmacist and working/volunteering in a health-related field influenced their decision to pursue pharmacy. However, cost of education and career day events were not influential factors.

Conclusion. This research is significant because many factors influence a student’s decision to study pharmacy, but the prevalence of these motivating factors is not known. This research will benefit student recruitment, curriculum development, and career direction for students pursuing careers in pharmacy.


Diversity, career choice, student recruitment

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