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Pharmacy internship: The royal pathway to practice

Ann Verstraeten, Gert Laekeman, Lies Leemans, Patrick Augustijns, Guy Vaden Mooter, Annie Lecoutere, Mieke Clement

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Introduction: The pharmacy internship offers students the opportunity to interact with patients in the classroom. A project to improve the pharmacy internship, a six-month position in Belgium, has been launched at the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven). The aim was to implement self-directed guided learning as a total concept of teaching and learning. The methodology is based upon analysis, intervention and installation of a quality assurance program. Knowledge, skills and attitude are the outcome measures; the acceptance of responsibility is the process to be focused on.
Methods: Interventions consisted of pharmacy visits, local meetings with students and preceptors, development of a multiple step approach and constructing assessment instruments. At the same time networking between preceptors, the university and students was intensified.
Results: After two years, the results of the interventions based upon initial analysis are encouraging.
The skills gained are positively welcomed and used to continuously feed the educational process as necessary.


Keywords

Assessment, community pharmacy, internship, outplacements, preceptors, pharmacy practice


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