Category: Fellows Posters
Purpose: This study will explore current and future competencies required for success in the specialized area of sterile pharmaceutical compounding. There is little published regarding expected skills and qualities of a sterile compounding pharmacist, and whether those competencies are an expected component of the graduate education program, or as workplace training after hire. The results will establish consensus regarding expectations of sterile compounding and will inform both pharmacy practice and pharmacy education. The goals are to identify deficiencies and evaluate the incorporation of these competencies within graduate pharmacy curricula, as well as to determine expectations for pharmacists employed in sterile compounding.
Methods: This study has been submitted to the Institutional Review Board for approval. The Delphi technique will be employed to investigate pharmacy compounding competencies identified by experts in the area of sterile compounding. Sterile compounding experts will be defined as individuals who practice in a sterile compounding environment as well as those who train, hire, and/or supervise sterile compounding pharmacists. The Delphi investigation will involve participants in three rounds: the first round will be used for gathering sterile compounding competencies from experts, while rounds two and three will generate consensus and determine rankings of importance around the competencies identified in the initial round. Experts will also be asked to determine which competencies are "teachable" within a graduate pharmacy program versus those which must be trained "on the job". All responses will be unlinked to participant identifiers; however, participant names will be preserved confidentially to ensure invitation and participation in all rounds of the study. The study outcome will consist of an expert-derived compilation of required sterile compounding competencies ranked in order of perceived importance, then further delineated into competencies expected to be a component of pharmacy graduate education and those best-suited to workplace training. A final expectation of this study is a prognostication by Delphi participants of the most important competencies anticipated for success as a practitioner navigating the future of sterile compounding practice.