Influx of Foreign Pharmacy Graduates

A  paper of ours titled, “Global Education Implications of the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination” was just published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  It was the brainchild of Dr. Fadi Alkhateeb, who suggested we examine the history and trends of the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination.  It was an interesting topic for me as we have an International PharmD program at my University and I have recently been involved with the interview process for those candidates.  My hope is that the review sheds some light on the process and highlights the development of the Big Five candidate countries (i.e., India, Phillipines, Korea, Egypt, Nigeria).  The paper also covers some of the potential for future research in this area.  I think it will be of growing importance as we continue to see an influx of foreign pharmacists looking to practice in the US as well as learn about the the practice of clinical pharmacy to take back to their home countries.