The Young Pharmacist Chapter (YPC) recently conducted a month-long survey that was aimed at providing young pharmacists aged below 35 years old an opportunity to voice out their issues and concerns as well as to provide senior pharmacists with an understanding of these concerns. 376 young pharmacists responded to the survey by the end of the data collection period.
The results of the survey were presented by the YPC at the 44th Annual General Meeting of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society with senior pharmacists of Bahagian Farmasi and the MPS Council as well as the president of the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) present. The survey results were also presented again at the YPC Workshop conducted on the last day of the 44th MPS-AGM Seminar session as a catalyst to the open forum discussion that was conducted later.
Below are the results that were presented at the events mentioned:
Part 1: Demographics
Part 2: Views and opinions on the MPS
Part 3: Views and opinions on the pharmacy profession
Part 4: The Compulsory Service and Pharmacy Education
The YPC 1st Annual Survey has allowed the YPC to take the first step in making the concerns of young pharmacists in Malaysia recognized and heard by senior pharmacists as well as key decision-makers. The survey has also helped to create channels of communication between the YPC and senior pharmacists who are keen to address the issues of junior pharmacists in their care in order to improve their welfare as well as the profession in general. For example, the YPC has received requests from academicians, state pharmacists, senior pharmacists in the industry and in the private sector as well as senior public sector pharmacists to work together on joint activities in order to address young pharmacist issues and improve young pharmacist involvement.
We would like to sincerely thank all the young pharmacists who responded to our survey for it would not have been possible without your responses. Your responses to the survey were the main highlight of the AGM and it truly reflected the concerns, fears, worries, frustrations and hopes of the young pharmacists in Malaysia. Truly, the voices of the young pharmacists resounded clearly this time and we will strive to ensure that these voices are not only heard, but they are acknowledged by actions.
To be continued in the next article: Open-ended comments!