February 11, 2011

Through the eyes of a student: Pharmacy practice in Turkey

In July I headed to Istanbul, Turkey. My experience began amid a surging, immensely crowded population of 12 million people, 98% of whom are Muslim. The community practice I was going to was located right off Istiklal Avenue in Taksim Square, in the Beyoglu district — perhaps the most diverse and progressive sector of a city steeped in rich tradition.



I quickly learned that for pharmacists in Turkey, primary professional options are in either industry or community pharmacy, specifically independent pharmacy. This is in notable contrast to the status quo in America, where most career paths lead to either retail chains or hospitals and health systems.

Mike LaRosa is a third-year pharmacy student at Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. Read more about his experience http://istanbulpharmacy.blogspot.com

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