Current work locations and reasons for job choice of graduates of Memorial University school of pharmacy

Young, Stephanie (2009) Current work locations and reasons for job choice of graduates of Memorial University school of pharmacy. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Background: We surveyed Memorial pharmacy graduates to determine attrition rate. And proportions of graduates working in pharmacy in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) and wanting to leave NL or return to NL. - Methods: We surveyed pharmacists graduating between 1990 and 2007 from Memorial University School of Pharmacy and collected demographic and job characteristics, importance of factors for current job choice, and consideration of relocation to NL or out of NL. -- Results: Of the 466 surveys mailed, 300 were returned, for a response rate of 64.4%. Of the 300 respondents, 96. 7% were working in pharmacy. Over two-thirds (70.3 %) were in NL and most of those working outside NL were in Canada. Pharmacy graduates originally from NL (OR= 32.84; 95%CI: 10.63-101.53) and with lower incomes (OR=7.06; 95%CI 2.40-20.77) were more likely to work in NL than graduates who worked elsewhere. Among graduates in NL, 11.8% were considering leaving NL while 20.9% of graduates working outside NL considered returning. For both groups, level of remuneration was the most frequently reported important factor for leaving or returning to NL. -- Interpretation: Over two thirds of Memorial pharmacy graduates worked in NL in 2008. Increasing the number of seats for local students and improving remuneration for pharmacists may increase provincial retention of locally trained pharmacists.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 8683
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 67-71)
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: 2009
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: College graduates--Employment--Newfoundland and Labrador; Pharmacists--Employment--Newfoundland and Labrador; Pharmacy--Vocational guidance--Newfoundland and Labrador;
Medical Subject Heading: Pharmacists--supply & distribution--Newfoundland and Labrador

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