We live in a world where large transformations that are beyond change become almost ordinary. The history flows perhaps faster than ever before, leaving a huge amount of information behind it. Today, the process called Industry 4.0, before the vast majority of people know what it is, will leave the place on the stage to Industry 5.0. The only way to take part in this scene as an actor is to understand, use, model, and finally transform it into a product. This is only possible by taking an education that is multifaceted, multi-disciplinary, prioritizing critical thinking and creativity, and constantly raising awareness.
Prof. Dr. Abdullah Olgun
Istinye University Faculty of Pharmacy aims to train “evidence based” and “8 Eight Star Pharmacists (8 * E)”.
The knowledge, skills and competencies that a pharmacist must have were symbolized as 8 stars by World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). These stars are “Caregiver, Decision-maker, Communicator, Manager, Lifelong learner, Teacher, Leader and Researcher”.
Pharmacy practice is undergoing a major transformation in the world, and evolving from medication-centered pharmacy to both medication and patient centered pharmacy. Our country is naturally affected by this global transformation process. The Ministry of Health has officially initiated the program of raising pharmacists specialized in the fields of Clinical Pharmacy and Phytopharmacy, by selecting candidates through Specialty Examination in Pharmacy (EUS). The first exam was conducted in 2017.
Considering that medicine is transformed into "evidence-based medicine and pharmacy into “evidence-based pharmacy” all over the world, future pharmacists will be using evidence-based databases every moment in their decision-making processes. Pharmacists who have the ability to reach the latest valid scientific evidence and have the competence to communicate -by using the most effective communication skills- and use the evidence-based information to the patients and stakeholders who need it, will be the most required and most sought-after pharmacists.
"Medication/drug adherence" is a concept that expresses the correct and effective use of medications. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) reports, medication adherence is less than 50% in the World. This situation creates great risks for human health and the economies of the countries. The most important contributor to the increase of medication compliance is the pharmacist. Therefore, pharmacists are not only medication-centered but also patient-centered. Again in these reports, pharmacists are emphasized that "because of their education and roles, they should be able to serve / should serve the community more than they do now". Pharmacoeconomic studies show that the expenditures made for pharmacists’ education and performance save more than 6 times the expenditure to the economy. Our faculty serve our country and humanity; with a strong and highly motivated academic staff, the highest level of theoretical and practical training and research infrastructure, hospital chains that provide internship opportunities throughout the country, and by using evidence-based principles in education, management and decision-making processes.