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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, Nash, R ORCID: 0000-0003-3695-0887 and FitzPatrick, B 2017 , 'How Two Small Pharmacy Schools’ Competency Standards Compare with an International Competency Framework and How Well These Schools Prepare Students for International Placements' , Pharmacy, vol. 5, no. 1 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.3390/pharmacy5010014.

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Abstract

International standards of pharmacy curricula are necessary to ensure student readinessfor international placements. This paper explores whether curricula from two pharmacy programs,in Australia and Canada, are congruent with international standards and if students feel preparedfor international placements. Nationally prescribed educational standards for the two schoolswere compared to each other and then against the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)Global Competency Framework. Written student reflections complemented this analysis. Mappingresults 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 theirinternational placements. Despite differences in countries, pharmacy programs, and health-systemsall students acclimatized to their new practice sites. Implications are that if pharmacy programs alignwell with FIP, pharmacists should be able to integrate and practise in other jurisdictions that alsoalign with the FIP. This has implications for the mobility of pharmacy practitioners to countries not oftheir origin of training.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hawboldt, J and Nash, R and FitzPatrick, B
Keywords: international placement; pharmacy undergraduates; curriculum, standards
Journal or Publication Title: Pharmacy
Publisher: M D P I AG
ISSN: 2226-4787
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/pharmacy5010014
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Copyright 2017 the authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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