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As per World Health Organization (WHO) worldwide dearth of healthcare workforce is estimated to be more than 4 million (1). Pharmacist being the core loop in the healthcare chain also falls short of demand both in the developed and developing countries (2-4). A wave of establishment of new pharmacy schools to meet the workforce shortage is seen in many countries around the globe (5-7).

Academic pharmacist is the most important element that nurtures future practitioners and inculcates not only the technical skills but also foster empathy and care, thus enable a prospective graduate to be a better resource person for patients and other healthcare providers. Academic pharmacists are either full-time or part-time faculties in an educational setting involved right from teaching to research and administration. Thus a career in pharmacy academics is productive and competitive not only in terms of scientific discovery but also transform future practitioners to be competitive for education, research, practice, professional organizations and policy development (8).

Within last decade pharmacy education in Pakistan evolved to provide world class graduates and in context to that around 17 pharmacy institutes earned accreditation by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (a professional body responsible for the development of pharmacy education in the country) (6). Similarly the conversion of four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Program to five-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) opened new avenues of jobs opportunities in academia as well as pose additional responsibilities on the academic pharmacists. Studies have been conducted in context of attracting and retaining faculty (9) and job satisfaction among academic faculty (10-12).

The objectives of this study were to: (i) explore the reasons to join academics, and (ii) evaluate the perception of academic pharmacists regarding their career growth and job satisfaction.


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