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Financial Incentive Required for Pharmacy Students to Accept a Post-Graduation Position in Rural and Undesirable Pharmacy Settings

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College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Drake University, Des Moines, IA 50311, USA
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College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Sakatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9, Canada
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Pharmacy 2019, 7(3), 109; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7030109
Received: 31 May 2019 / Revised: 2 July 2019 / Accepted: 31 July 2019 / Published: 6 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pharmacy Education; Competency and beyond)
Background: It has been estimated that in 2018, 20% of pharmacy students were unemployed following graduation. However, many pharmacy positions go vacant each year, with the majority of these positions existing in rural areas. Methods: Pharmacy students completed a one-time, anonymous, online questionnaire. Measures of interest included: subject characteristics and preference in a variety job offers. Discrete Choice Experiment methodology of questionnaire design was used and Conditional Logit models were conducted to analyze the data to determine the financial incentive required for pharmacy students to take a post-graduate job with particular traits. Conclusions: A total of 283 students completed questionnaires from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The majority of subjects were female, P3 students, and from a non-rural hometown. American students would need to be paid an additional $18,738 in salary to practice in a rural area, while Canadian students would require an additional $17,156. Canadian respondents would require an additional $7125 in salary to work in a community pharmacy with a low level of patient interaction compared to a community position with a large amount of patient interaction. Overall, pharmacy student preferences in post-graduation job attributes vary significantly between states and provinces. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacy student; rural; rural pharmacy; job preference; economic valuation pharmacy student; rural; rural pharmacy; job preference; economic valuation
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Ulrich, E.; Hurdelbrink, J.; Perepelkin, J.; Welter, K. Financial Incentive Required for Pharmacy Students to Accept a Post-Graduation Position in Rural and Undesirable Pharmacy Settings. Pharmacy 2019, 7, 109. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7030109

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Ulrich E, Hurdelbrink J, Perepelkin J, Welter K. Financial Incentive Required for Pharmacy Students to Accept a Post-Graduation Position in Rural and Undesirable Pharmacy Settings. Pharmacy. 2019; 7(3):109. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7030109

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Ulrich, Erin; Hurdelbrink, Jonathan; Perepelkin, Jason; Welter, Kelli. 2019. "Financial Incentive Required for Pharmacy Students to Accept a Post-Graduation Position in Rural and Undesirable Pharmacy Settings" Pharmacy 7, no. 3: 109. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7030109

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