In the roles of pharmacists in the modern-day medical setting, not only the objective services of drugs but also interpersonal services of drug administration guidance to patients are important. For example, for pharmacists participating on the medical team along with doctors and nurses in a hospital, interpersonal medical care in the hospital ward to securely and safely implement drug treatment will be required, in addition to the objective medical services of appropriate and efficient preparation of drugs and drug management. On the other hand, deployment of “One’s pharmacist” has started at insurance pharmaceutical dispensaries, and the assessment (medical service fees) will change significantly depending on whether or not appropriate drug administration guidance has been given to patients. In order to become one’s pharmacist, not only meeting the accreditation criteria, but also patients’ consent will be essential, and I believe the era of patients literally choosing pharmacists will come. Therefore, communication skills to directly face people will be undoubtedly and increasingly important for future pharmacists. As just described, pharmacists who are expected to play a significant role and fulfill responsibility in the local community need to sufficiently improve not only the ability of clinical practice and the abilities of finding and resolving issues, but also ethics and culture, i.e. human strength.
At our university, various kinds of cultural and sports circle activities are available for students. During the early school years, a wide variety of cultural subjects in fully equipped facilities common to all faculties can be chosen. In addition to this, the Liberal Arts Seminar in the small group discussion style held throughout the first year by the teacher in charge is a required subject. As just described, in the Department of Pharmacy, an environment in which communication skills can be naturally learned through participation in circle activities and taking cultural subjects is in place. During the second to fourth years, a number of subjects specializing in pharmacy will be available, and during the fifth year, practical training aimed at practicing learned expertise and skills will be mainly provided. Through the long-term training in a hospital and insurance pharmaceutical dispensary for six months, you will learn the state of a pharmacist as a medical person as your real-life experience and become aware of the fact that communication with patients and within the medical team will be significantly involved in “Something worth doing” as a pharmacist.
In order to become a medical person who is directly involved in human life, it is very important to have a strong will to be persistent. For six years at the Department of Pharmacy, all faculty members promise to work as one and support your goal of becoming a pharmacist.