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Published on:31st Aug, 2015
Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, 2016; 50(1):63-69
Pharmaceutical Education | doi:10.5530/ijper.50.1.9

An Analysis of Pharmacy Students’ Social Networking Service Activities and Perceptions Regarding E-Professionalism under the Newly Implemented 6-year Pharmacy Educational System in South Korea

Authors and affiliation (s):

Young-Mo Yang1, Eun Jeong2, Nam Kyung Je3, Jun-Pil Jee1, Jin Cheol Yoo1 and Eun Joo Choi1*

1Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Chosun University, Gwangju, South Korea.

2Department of Food and Nutrition, Chosun University, Gwangju, South Korea.

3Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea.


Background: In the transitional period of Korean pharmacy educational system from 4-year to 6-year, it is crucial to provide pharmacy students with a proper training in professionalism in order for them to succeed as future medication experts appropriately prepared for their attitudes and behaviors online as well as off-line. Consequently, it is necessary to comprehend current social networking service (SNS) activities and perceptions of pharmacy students regarding e-professionalism. The aims of this study were to examine the use patterns of SNSs among pharmacy students and assess their perceptions regarding e-professionalism on popular SNSs under the newly implemented 6-year pharmacy educational system in South Korea. Methods: Survey instruments were administered to the first-, second-, and third-year pharmacy students (n=223) of Chosun University in Korea between September and October 2014. Results: Of 210 (94.2%) students who responded to the survey, 72.4% had 2 or 3 SNS profiles. More than 90% of students felt that pharmacy students should be accountable for their unethical or unprofessional behaviors presented on SNSs. Conclusion: Many Korean pharmacy students use SNSs. However, the term “e-professionalism” is relatively new and unfamiliar in Korea. Faculty members and administrators of pharmacy schools in Korea should introduce new issues related with “e-professionalism” to pharmacy students and make them familiar with it before starting to seek pharmacy jobs.

Key words: Social networking service, Pharmacy students, e-professionalism, Social media, Perception.



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