RESEARCH ARTICLE: An online international pharmacy summer course during the COVID-19 pandemic

Authors

  • Rory E. Kim University of Southern California, USA.
  • Noam Morningstar-Kywi University of Southern California, USA. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1648-4463
  • Rebecca M. Romero University of Southern California, USA.
  • Karen M. Chan University of Southern California, USA.
  • Lilit Gabrielyan University of Southern California, USA.
  • Yasi Mojab University of Southern California, USA. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8959-1171
  • Sanjana S. Parikh University of Southern California, USA.
  • Lindsay Nokes University of Southern California, USA.
  • Terrence F. Graham University of Southern California, USA.
  • Ian S. Haworth University of Southern California, USA. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3873-0899

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2020.202.136144

Keywords:

diabetes, drug-drug interactions, international, online education, undergraduate

Abstract

The University of Southern California School of Pharmacy has offered a residential summer course for international undergraduate pharmacy students for many years, with a focus on clinical therapeutics. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to offer the on-campus course. After some discussion, the course was moved online, with the goals of maintaining links with international partners and providing students with a virtual study abroad experience. This article describes the planning and implementation of this course, which was held for two weeks in July 2020 for 19 students from South Korea, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia. The course included an integrated science and clinical approach to diabetes and drug-drug interactions. The facilitation of active learning and problem-solving in transnational student groups through Zoom meetings are described. A post-course survey of students provided positive feedback on the content and online delivery of the course.

Author Biographies

Rory E. Kim, University of Southern California, USA.

Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Noam Morningstar-Kywi, University of Southern California, USA.

Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Rebecca M. Romero, University of Southern California, USA.

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Karen M. Chan, University of Southern California, USA.

Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Lilit Gabrielyan, University of Southern California, USA.

Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Yasi Mojab, University of Southern California, USA.

Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Sanjana S. Parikh, University of Southern California, USA.

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Lindsay Nokes, University of Southern California, USA.

Office of Global Initiatives, School of Pharmacy

Terrence F. Graham, University of Southern California, USA.

Office of Global Initiatives, School of Pharmacy

Ian S. Haworth, University of Southern California, USA.

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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15/01/2021

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COVID-19 Research Paper