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How Two Small Pharmacy Schools’ Competency Standards Compare with an International Competency Framework and How Well These Schools Prepare Students for International Placements

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Hawboldt, J and Nash, R and FitzPatrick, B, How Two Small Pharmacy Schools' Competency Standards Compare with an International Competency Framework and How Well These Schools Prepare Students for International Placements, Pharmacy, 5, (1) Article 14. ISSN 2226-4787 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/pharmacy5010014

Abstract

International standards of pharmacy curricula are necessary to ensure student readiness for international placements. This paper explores whether curricula from two pharmacy programs, in Australia and Canada, are congruent with international standards and if students feel prepared for international placements. Nationally prescribed educational standards for the two schools were compared to each other and then against the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Global Competency Framework. Written student reflections complemented this analysis. Mapping results suggested substantial agreement between the FIP framework and Australia and Canada, with two gaps being identified. Moreover, the students felt their programs prepared them for their international placements. Despite differences in countries, pharmacy programs, and health-systems all students acclimatized to their new practice sites. Implications are that if pharmacy programs align well with FIP, pharmacists should be able to integrate and practise in other jurisdictions that also align with the FIP. This has implications for the mobility of pharmacy practitioners to countries not of their origin of training.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:international placement; pharmacy undergraduates; curriculum, standards
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education Systems
Research Field:Higher Education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Author:Nash, R (Mrs Rosie Nash)
ID Code:115444
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2017-03-24
Last Modified:2017-04-11
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