Core competencies for research training in the clinical pharmaceutical sciences

Samuel M. Poloyac, Kerry M. Empey, Lisa C. Rohan, Susan J. Skledar, Philip E. Empey, Thomas D. Nolin, Robert Bies, Robert B. Gibbs, Maggie Folan, Patricia D. Kroboth

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Objective. To identify and apply core competencies for training students enrolled in the clinical pharmaceutical scientist PhD training program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Design. Faculty members reached consensus on the required core competencies for the program and mapped them to curricular and experiential requirements. Assessment. A rubric was created based on core competencies spanning 8 major categories of proficiency, and competencies of clinical versus traditional PhD training were delineated. A retrospective evaluation of the written comprehensive examinations of 12 former students was conducted using the rubric. Students scored above satisfactory in 11 out of 14 comprehensive examination metrics, with a mean score greater than 3.8 on a 5-point scale. Conclusions. The core competencies identified will provide an essential foundation for informed decision-making and assessment of PhD training in the clinical pharmaceutical sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical research
  • Competencies
  • Doctor of philosophy degree
  • Graduate education
  • Pharmaceutical sciences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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    Poloyac, S. M., Empey, K. M., Rohan, L. C., Skledar, S. J., Empey, P. E., Nolin, T. D., Bies, R., Gibbs, R. B., Folan, M., & Kroboth, P. D. (2011). Core competencies for research training in the clinical pharmaceutical sciences. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 75(2).