Survey of Ohio Pharmacists' Perception of a PharmD/MDA Degree
Matthew Gecks, Devon Taylor, Brandon Rhoades, Devin Rogers, Akesha Edwards
Telehealth is referred to as the remote interactions between health care providers and patients The purpose of this study is to gather information on the perception of pharmacists about dual PharmD/MBA degrees. Findings from this study would contribute to identifying 1) if there is a need for Colleges of Pharmacy to enhance offerings in their curricula related to business and 2) if certain pharmacy occupations favored candidates with a PharmD/MBA over just a PharmD. Surveys were emailed to all Ohio licensed pharmacists (n = 20,553). 711 pharmacists responded (response rate of 3.5%) to the survey which asked pharmacists about their perceptions of the benefits of a PharmD/MBA dual degree. Only 108 pharmacists had an MBA or an additional business degree, such as Healthcare Administration, Finance, or Accounting (15.2%). Attitudes toward the credibility of pharmacists with an MBA were neutral (60.0%) and about one third of them viewed pharmacists with an MBA as more credible than those without an MBA (35.9%). When asked to rate on a scale of 1-5 how much an MBA has or would have helped their career, in their opinion, the most likely Pharmacy professionals to rate the MBA as more useful (4-5) had careers in Academia (mean 3.375, n=32), Independent Community (mean 3.524, n=63), Industry (mean 3.636, n=11), and Managed Care (mean 4.563, n=16). Obtaining an MBA with a PharmD can be a difficult task and may not be perceived as useful to every pharmacist. However, there are groups of people that value a PharmD/MBA which corresponds to more use in their respective area of pharmacy. Business concepts are important in pharmacy practice and a dual degree could help progress more niche areas of pharmacy practice.