What happens if you’re a pharmacy degree holder who works at a health care company?
A couple of months ago, I got an email from a pharmacist at a small pharmacy in central Oregon.
She had just moved there from another city, and she was in a hurry to get started on a pharmacy education program.
The company, which was struggling financially, offered her a position at the new position.
But when I asked what would happen if she had the wrong credentials for the position, the pharmacist told me that the pharmacy’s medical license was suspended, and that she was not eligible for training or employment at the company.
She also told me not to bring the correct paperwork with me, because she didn’t know what the requirements for the training program were.
I asked the pharmist how she would explain this to prospective employers.
“If you have the wrong credential, they can’t even ask you to sign something,” she replied.
I was stunned.
When I looked at the contract, it didn’t look like the pharmacy had any reason to believe that she didn, in fact, have the correct credentials to work at the pharmacy.
She didn’t even tell me what she needed to do to prove her credentials.
She explained that she needed a doctor’s license in order to practice medicine in the state.
She even asked me to provide a letter of recommendation from a current doctor.
That seemed to be sufficient evidence for me to dismiss the pharmacy, and I sent her a letter explaining my reasons.
The next day, the pharmacy fired me.
When you think of the vast majority of employers, you might be surprised to learn that even if the job offers a very limited number of credentials, you can still be fired if the company’s position requires that you also have a certain credential.
But it’s not all bad.
In a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and University of Utah looked at a survey of more than 4,000 pharmacists, and found that about 75 percent of them had actually violated federal laws.
The study found that some pharmacists actually have a problem with obtaining credentials, which can be due to inadequate paperwork, or because pharmacists don’t follow up on requests for qualifications, and so are not aware of what’s required for a position.
“There are some pharmacist positions that are a good fit for the applicants because they offer the best training, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the applicants will actually get that training,” said Mark Z. Greenberg, the study’s lead author.
Greenberg and his team took a survey, asking pharmacists to rate the qualifications of applicants who applied to them for a pharmacy position.
They then compared those ratings to the scores of applicants with the same qualifications who didn’t get the job.
And the study found the number of pharmacy graduates who scored below the cutoff in that way was higher than the number who scored above the cutoff.
“These are not people who have had the most training and the best credentials,” Greenberg told me.
“They are people who don’t have a high threshold.”
When pharmacists are not satisfied with the quality of applicants, they may make their own decisions about who gets the job, he said.
Greenberg said that in many cases, pharmacists will make the decision about who the applicants are based on the number and type of credentials that they are applying for.
And, he noted, that can result in the applicant being rejected for the job because there isn’t enough information about the qualifications that they need to have to make the application.
“The way the program is designed, if the person does not have the right credentials, they are not qualified for the application,” Greenberg said.
“That is not what the program’s intended for.”
In a recent article in the American Journal of Pharmacy Education, Greenberg and coauthors wrote that the system “does not appear to be working as intended.”
The authors said that “the pharmacist credential review process is poorly designed and lacks adequate safeguards” and that “systemic barriers to access are also likely contributing to the inadequacy of the review process.”
And Greenberg wrote that while it’s true that there are pharmacists who are unable to meet the requirements of the program, the pharmacists that are hired to fill those positions often have no background in the specialty, and therefore cannot pass a competency exam.
And that, the authors wrote, is “a real problem for those people who are hired because they have a low threshold for qualification.”
The study’s authors said the lack of proper background checks, training, and credentialing are the primary reasons pharmacists with legitimate credentials can be fired.
“What’s really frustrating to me is that we have a profession where people who know a lot about medicine are not going to be hired,” Greenberg noted.
“We are trying to get the profession to change.
I think the system is failing in a lot of ways.”
The findings of the study highlight a broader issue about the quality and consistency of credential