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Hospital Pharmacist Professionalism Program

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The IMQ Professionalism Program was developed to comply with the requirements established by the California Board of Pharmacy. The program addresses both the legal and ethical dimensions of pharmacy practice in California. It introduces participants to a range of resources to address present or future ethics-related problems.

The program is divided into three components.

  •  Pre-course Assessment: Includes a background assessment application, a baseline knowledge test and pre-course reading. The pre-test determines the participant’s knowledge/awareness of ethical/legal issues related to pharmacy practice in California, including the legal and ethical issues applicable to the participant’s reason for enrolling in the program. Participants prepare an assessment of their: a) expectations of the program, b) recognition of need for change, and c) commitment to change.
  •  Two-day Ethics Course: Offered on a Saturday and Sunday, this heavily interactive course provides participants with a full understanding of the ethical and legal aspects of their own situation and knowledge about resources they can access to deal with future issues. The course moves participants from demonstration to practice and application by developing recognition of ethical issues and when they arise, clarifying legal matters, and providing resources to analyze situations and a model for decision making.
  • Longitudinal Assessments: Participants complete a post-course test on California law and ethics at the end of the two-day course and complete six-month and twelve-month follow-up assessments. At six months, participants submit information regarding their practice since the course and complete a skills review exercise. At twelve months, a final report on changes in their practice profile and a self-assessment status report is due.

Full participation and completion of all assignments are required. On successful completion of the program, and if appropriate based on the participant’s situation, a report will be sent to the Pharmacy Board.

The Ethics & Professionalism Program is limited to 12 pharmacists. The two-day course is held in El Segundo, convenient to LAX, in conjunction with the physician professionalism course. A minimum of three enrollees, each of whom has met all pre-program requirements, is required. If that threshold is not met, the course will be rescheduled to a time when the minimum number is enrolled.

The planners and faculty/speakers for this activity have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

There was no commercial support provided for this activity        

The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute for Medical Quality


The fee for the program is $1995, and IMQ must receive full payment before confirmation of enrollment in a scheduled two-day course.


Course schedule:

  • July 13 - 14, 2019
  • November 2 - 3, 2019
  • March 2020 - TBD

To apply, complete these documents:

For more information about the Professionalism Program for Pharmacists, contact:

Juli Portola