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Course-related extra curricular activities of M. Pharm undergraduatestudents at the University of Portsmouth

David Brown, Asmita Sautreau, Tina Soobiah, Mohammed Ali, Mahboob Ahmed, Sarfraiz Hussain

Abstract

Little is known of the quality or extent of the pharmacy-related experiences of pharmacy students during their vacations. Such information would be valuable in assessing its relevance to the undergraduate curriculum and in future course design. This study surveyed course-related, extracurricular activity (CRECA) of all M. Pharm undergraduates during a single academic year (August 2002 – July 2003). The overall response rate to the questionnaire was 64.8%.The majority of respondents had completed at least one period of CRECA, mainly during the summer vacation, and most were completed in a community or hospital setting. A major motivation for student choice of activity was gaining a specific workplace experience relating to their chosen career pathway (.80%); the rate of pay was of less importance (,36%).Workplace activities became more sophisticated passing from stage 1 to 4 (corresponding with year 1 – 4 of the course),although range of activity and contact with healthcare professionals and other students were already significant at stage 1.CRECA helped to confirm the student’s career choice in approximately 80% of cases, and 90% had a better understanding of the  pharmacist’s role after completion.  More  than  75%  of  respondents  at  all  stages  thought  that  CRECA  should  beQ1incorporated into the M. Pharm. The advantages and disadvantages of the programme are discussed.  


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Work-based learning, pharmacy, undergraduate, community pharmacy


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