Wellness and Resilience in Pharmacy Education


AACP Statement on Commitment to Clinician Well-being and Resilience

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) is deeply committed to collaborating with other health profession organizations and stakeholders to promote positive well-being and resilience among health care providers, educators, and students. AACP recognizes that stress and anxiety can have devastating consequences on mental health, student learning, patient care, and the community at large.  AACP has adopted two policy statements to demonstrate its commitment to well-being in pharmacy education. View the full statement.

AACP encourages schools and colleges of pharmacy to proactively promote overall well-being for students, faculty, and staff.

AACP Policy Statement (Source: Student Affairs Committee, 2017)

AACP believes that all administrators, faculty, staff, preceptors, student pharmacists and alumni should contribute to a culture of well-being in pharmacy education.

AACP Policy Statement (Source: Student Affairs Committee, 2018)

AACP believes that school and college leaders (e.g., deans, department chairs) are responsible for creating positive working and learning environments through an appropriate balance of expectations and resources or support.

AACP Policy Statement (Source: Student Affairs Committee, 2022)

AACP provides resources to assist pharmacy colleges and school in creating a culture of wellness and building positive wellbeing among students, faculty, preceptors, and staff.

Resource Guide

The Creating a Culture of Well-Being: A Resource Guide for Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy was created in response to the growing prevalence of burnout, disengagement, and other forms of work-related ill-being across the health professions. Organizations have been increasingly shifting their focus to the most common source of the problem—the environment in which people work and learn. To that end, the 2021–2022 AACP Student Affairs Committee was charged with developing a resource to aid colleges and schools of pharmacy in their endeavors to support the well-being of faculty, staff, and students. Recognizing that the threats to well-being are often unique to each organization, this guide details a process by which schools can explore their specific needs related to well-being and then address these challenges through a continuous cycle of organizational change, with a focus on changes to policies and practices and a redesign of the work environment.

Related AACP Standing Committee Reports

Past Institutes

After a successful 2018 Fall Institute, AACP provided an encore 2019 Spring Institute, "Strategies to Promote a Culture of Well-being among Students and Faculty." The Institutes recognized that stress, anxiety and tragedy are disruptive to student learning. Colleges and schools of pharmacy should provide mindful programs to support an environment of well-being for students, and faculty, which will help minimize the impact of these pressures.

Substance Abuse

The Pharmacy Educator’s Role in Prevention and Recovery

Guidelines for the Development of Addiction and Related Disorders: Policies for Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy

Substance Abuse Education & Assistance SIG on AACP Connect


Below is a list of selected articles on well-being and resilience in academic pharmacy published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE).