As all pharmacists know, continuing education is a necessary part of the job. Pharmacists are required to obtain continuing education credits throughout their professional careers.
There are several different programs available that enable pharmacists to earn these continuing education credits. The American Pharmacists Association offers various programs that are representative of the kinds of educational opportunities available to pharmacists, and they are listed on the Association’s website. These include:
These are events, video presentations, workshops, seminars, training sessions, or classroom lectures that are given online through software made especially for this type of activity. Live webinars are a great educational tool because they enable two-way communication between the person giving the webinar and the people attending, allowing the presenter and audience to share information in real-time.
This face-to-face interaction makes webinars good learning tools, as compared to presentations that are recorded.
The American Pharmacists Association offers one-hour, live webinars every month. They focus on public health issues to keep pharmacists current with the latest knowledge and research.
One such webinar, for example, covers the different types of tests for COVID-19 and the role of the pharmacy team in getting patients tested, as well as how reimbursement works for the tests. Another webinar focuses on the psychological impact of COVID-19 on patients and providers. The presenter of the webinar looks at the psychological impact of the virus through the use of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Another webinar offered is a presentation on strategies to manage workplace stress and maintain well-being. It also provides an overview of the different factors in the workplace that can cause stress.
Advanced Training Programs
These are professional programs available online to help pharmacists improve their skills and provide better care to patients. Participants can go at their own pace. One example of this type of program is “Test Your Knowledge: Immunization Delivery.” It contains resource materials, learning reinforcement exercises, and an evaluation exercise. All of the activities are connected to different topics in immunization care.
Another such program is called “Keep Up!” It is a series of six training modules, each designed to be completed in 30 minutes.
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