Pharmacy education in India has been primarily focused on the pharma industry, in order to achieve self-sufficiency in medicines at affordable prices. Advent of globalization, penetration of the Internet, increasing Western influence and rising patient expectations have led to the Pharmacy Council of India introducing Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) in 2008, with pharmaceutical care as its primary educational focus. Pharm D is the first professional degree, and a prerequisite for licensing to practice as pharmacist in many countries. The multi-specialty clinical environment provides an exemplary training ground for practice based pharmacy education. Pharm D curriculum focuses on core pharmacy courses in the first two years, followed by four years in the clinical setting. Pharm D students are fully integrated into the multidisciplinary, multispeciality health care team Hospital from the fourth year, concluding with a first rate comprehensive muti-speciality internship in the final year. Interns may also train themselves at other recognized centres in India or abroad for a maximum of three months. Pharm D trains students to work in hospital settings, relevant industry environments and to pursue higher degrees or clinical research in the international setting.
PharmD course offered by MCOPS, has a curriculum that includes :
- Patient care, intimate contact with clinicians and other members of the health care team
- Opportunity to participate in several international seminars and continuing education programs
- Carrying out research projects in collaboration with many reputed universities in India and abroad
- Proper training in solving drug query and literature search
- Hands on training on different software like SPSS, Micromedex and Winnonlin
- Industrial training to meet the existing demand
The role of a pharmacist has changed drastically over the years with the constant expansion of health care programmes and the increasing need for quality pharmaceutical care. The growth of this sectors has thrown up diverse career options that include Community Pharmacy, Geriatric Pharmacy, Home Health Care, Hospital Pharmacy, Governmental agencies, Managed care, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacy education apart from Pharmaceutical industry.
The following are some of the numerous and diverse career options available to Pharm.D. graduates:
- Community Pharmacy
- Geriatric Pharmacy
- Governmental Agencies
- Home Health Care
- Hospital Pharmacy
- Managed Care
- Pharmaceutical Industry
- Pharmacy Education
- Specialized Area Opportunities
- The course is conducted as per annual basis
- Three sessional exams will be conducted in each subject and the average will be calculated as best 2 out of 3
- Sessional exams will be conducted by the internal examiners, whereas the university papers will be evaluated by both external and internal examiners and the average considered
- Theory examination pattern: Section A: long essays; Section B: short essays; Section C: give reasons for the following
- Practical examination pattern: synopsis, major experiment, minor experiment and viva voce
- Attendance: 80% is the minimum attendance required to be eligible to appear for the university exams
Duration: 5 years of academic program plus one year of internship
Citizenship: Indian nationals.
Date of Birth: Should be on or before 01.01.2001.
Qualification: Pass in 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and English with Mathematics or Biology as optional subjects/DPharm or any other equivalent qualification recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India.
Note: Candidates who have passed 10+2 from national open school are not eligible for admission under the Pharmacy Act.
The program follows the syllabus and regulation prescribed by PCI and published in the official gazette.
COURSE OF STUDY
|YEAR I||YEAR II||YEAR III|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology||Pathophysiology||Pharmacology -II|
|Pharmaceutics||Pharmaceutical Microbiology||Pharmaceutical Analysis|
|Medicinal Biochemistry||Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals||Pharmacotherapeutics -II|
|Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry||Pharmacology -I||Pharmaceutical Jurispru-dence|
|Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry||Community Pharmacy||Medicinal Chemistry|
|Remedial Mathematics/ Biology||Pharmacotherapeutics -I||Pharmaceutical Formula-tions|
|YEAR IV||YEAR V||YEAR VI|
|Pharmacotherapeutics –III||Clinical Research||Internship or residency training including postings in specialty units.
Students should independently provide the clinical pharmacy services
to the allotted wards.
|Hospital Pharmacy||Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics|
|Clinical Pharmacy||Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring|
|Biostatisitcs & Research Methodology||Clerkship*|
|Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics||Project Work(Six months)|
|NOTE: Attending ward rounds on daily basis|