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Education Research Council
  • Mon / Nov 16
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 1.00 hours

Education Research Community (ERC): Professional Identity in Pharmacy: Opportunity, Crisis or Just Another Day at Work

Professional identity formation is gaining momentum as a movement for health professions educational reform.  Nowhere is this movement stronger than in medical education, however similar development in pharmacy education is lagging behind. The paucity of research exploring professional identity in pharmacy makes it difficult for educators to incorporate identity formation into curricula effectively. Yet it is more important than ever that pharmacists embody a clear identity, as boundaries and scopes of practice are continuously being renegotiated. Otherwise, pharmacists risk losing their professional status. 

In this talk, Jamie Kellar will discuss two papers from her PhD studies that explore the dominant discourses of pharmacist identity in pharmacy education and practice.  Jamie invites the ERC community to join her to discuss the impact of professional identity on the ancient profession of pharmacy and what other professions may learn from pharmacy's journey.

Dr. Kellar is an award-winning educator, an Associate Professor – Teaching Stream and Associate Dean, Academic at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the School of Health Professions Education, Maastricht University, Netherlands, where she is using Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis to study Pharmacist Professional Identity. In addition to her education, she is a licenced pharmacist in Ontario.

Please note: The Education Research Community (ERC) is an interdisciplinary mix of aspiring education researchers made up of administrators, educators, and clinical teachers from varied roles, professions, and experience levels with research. It is an informal, friendly environment where members can pick and choose which sessions are of interest to them. ERC is free of charge to anyone who may want to attend.

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  • Jamie Kellar RPh, BScPhm, Pharm.D.

    Advanced Practice Pharmacist/ Clinician Educator


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