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Barriers to a Career in Pharmacy: An Hispanic Perspective

SUMMARY. The underrepresentation of minority and Hispanic students in the phannacy profession not only reflects the inequities in access to this profession, but also a maldistribution of phannacy services to the minority population. Financial, cultural and motivational issues playa part m Impeding the accession of more Hispanic students into the profession of phannacy. A lack of role models and professional images of phannacy also act as barriers to the selection of phannacy as a career option. Real or self-imposed language barriers restrict a student's performance in the standardized peAT examination as well as in didactic and clinical course work. The APhA proposes vigorous, long-term programs in recruitment, establishing a network of minority role models and the development of recruitment guidelines for colleges of pharmacy.