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The Origins of Clinical Pharmacy

Narrator: This is Science Today. Over forty years ago, a pair of graduate students at the University of California, San Francisco initiated the practice now known as clinical pharmacy. Sharon Youmans, an associate professor of clinical pharmacy at UCSF says it was initially known as the 9th floor project.

Youmans: A couple of grad students went up to the ninth floor with their white coats and their clipboard, just looking around and seeing what they could do in terms of the medications. And so it was kind of an interesting project because the physicians didn't really know - what are you hear for, what are you doing? - because they weren't used to it.

Narrator: The 9 th floor project, which took place in the 1960s at the University of California, San Francisco, started the history of pharmacists being part of the medical team in the hospital.

Youmans: And so it sort of just blossomed into this great new role of pharmacists, which before that, they had just basically been trained to go out and work in the community as retail pharmacists or to own your own business as a pharmacist, for those who didn't stick around and teach in schools of pharmacy.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.