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Collaborating to develop Clinical Pharmacy Teaching in Sri Lanka

Ian D Coombes, Gita Fernando, D B Mahinda Wickramaratne, Nimali B Peters, Cathy Lynch, Elaine Lum, Judith A Coombes

Abstract

Background: Bachelor of Pharmacy programs were introduced in 2006 into two Sri Lankan universities - University of Peradeniya and University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Due to minimal clinical pharmacy experience in the country, these universities invited international colleagues to develop and teach the clinical pharmacy course.

Aims: To describe development, delivery and evaluation of both a clinical pharmacy undergraduate course and a "Train-the- trainer” program provided to local academics delivering undergraduate pharmacy programs.

Method: In 2009, Australian pharmacist academics developed and piloted an undergraduate clinical pharmacy course at University of Peradeniya. In 2010, this was refined and delivered at University of Sri Jayewardenepura, along with a “train-the- trainer” program for local academics. These were evaluated using surveys.

Results: Most students considered lecture delivery speed and use of audio visual aids appropriate, and lecture content relevant. Most academics found the “Train-the-Trainer” program increased their knowledge and improved their teaching skills.

Conclusion: Experienced pharmacist academics can improve the quality of clinical pharmacy teaching in developing countries such as Sri Lanka. 


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Australia, Education, Pharmacy, Sri Lanka


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