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Walgreens Forms Advisory Council with Pharmacy School Deans to Address Staffing Challenges

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Walgreens Forms Advisory Council with Pharmacy School Deans to Address Staffing Challenges

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In a strategic move to address staffing challenges and fortify the future of pharmacy, Walgreens has formed a new advisory council called Walgreens Deans Advisory Council. This council comprises 17 deans from various pharmacy schools and several senior executives from the retail pharmacy chain. The council will convene quarterly to discuss strategies aimed at rebuilding the talent pipeline, improving pharmacists' job satisfaction, and making community pharmacies a practice setting of choice.

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Addressing Staffing Challenges and Decreasing Pharmacy School Enrollment

The formation of the Walgreens Deans Advisory Council is a proactive response to the growing concerns about staffing challenges and decreasing pharmacy school enrollment. It is evident that these challenges are not isolated, as pharmacy school applications were down by 22% in 2022-2023 compared to the previous year and have decreased by more than 60% over the past decade. The council's goal is not only to address these issues but also to evolve the community pharmacy business model and advise on all aspects of community pharmacy strategy.

Revamping Recruitment Efforts and Elevating Community Pharmacy

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One of the council's primary objectives is to revamp recruitment efforts. By collaborating with pharmacy school deans, the council aims to attract and recruit dynamic and passionate individuals to the pharmacy profession. As part of this effort, the council plans to make community pharmacies a more appealing practice setting. The plan is to shift the focus from the traditional neighborhood pharmacy model and expand into fast-growing areas of healthcare. This strategic move is expected to drive outcomes that matter most to pharmacists, patients, and partners.

Improving Job Satisfaction and Patient Interactions

Aside from addressing staffing issues and evolving the pharmacy model, the council also aims to improve job satisfaction among pharmacists. By creating a dynamic and supportive workplace, the council believes that pharmacists will experience better job satisfaction and, in turn, have better patient interactions. This focus on job satisfaction aligns with Walgreens' commitment to refocusing its core business priorities and changing the pharmacy operating model.

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First Meeting Scheduled for Early March 2024

The first meeting of the Walgreens Deans Advisory Council is scheduled for early March 2024. This meeting will set the stage for the council's future initiatives and provide a platform for the deans and Walgreens executives to share their ideas and strategies. Co-chaired by John Colaizzi Jr., PharmD, vice president of pharmacy practice at Walgreens, and Angela Kashuba, PharmD, dean of UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, N.C., the council is poised to make a significant impact on the future of the pharmacy profession.

As the demand for pharmacy services continues to increase, the formation of the Walgreens Deans Advisory Council represents a timely and critical step toward addressing the industry's current challenges and shaping the future of the pharmacy profession.

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