RESEARCH ARTICLE: The Lebanese experience for early career development: Bridging the gap to reach the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Global Competency Framework

Authors

  • Aline Hajj Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Rony M. Zeenny American University Beirut Medical Center & INSPECT-LB (Institut National de Santé Publique, d'Épidémiologie Clinique et de Toxicologie-Liban), Beirut, Lebanon https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5443-7780
  • Marwan Akel INSPECT-LB (Institut National de Santé Publique, d'Épidémiologie Clinique et de Toxicologie-Liban) & Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon & International Pharmaceutical Federation, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Hala Sacre INSPECT-LB (Institut National de Santé Publique, d’Épidémiologie Clinique et de Toxicologie-Liban), Beirut, Lebanon https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6547-6251
  • Pascale Salameh INSPECT-LB (Institut National de Santé Publique, d'Épidémiologie Clinique et de Toxicologie-Liban) & Lebanese American University & Lebanese University, Lebanon & University of Nicosia Medical School, Nicosia, CyprusBeirut, Lebanon https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4780-0772

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.211220

Keywords:

Early career training, FIP global competency framework, Lebanon, Pharmacy education

Abstract

Introduction: Currently, there is no official national competency framework for pharmacy education or early career development programs in Lebanon. In 2017, the Order of Pharmacists of Lebanon attempted to fill that gap by developing and validating a framework using the FIP Global Competency Framework version 1 among others.   

Methods: Since this framework has not been implemented by the Lebanese educational bodies, it was deemed necessary to adapt it further, adding innovative aspects according to the recently published FIP Global Competency Framework version 2. This study identified recommendations to ways of improving pharmacy education.  

Results: There are missing barriers, which pose major challenges to the implementation of early career training in pharmacy schools in Lebanon. The implementation of these recommendations would produce practice-ready pharmacists with homogeneous competencies.  

Conclusion: A critical analysis of the contextual factors affecting the success of early-career training would help set expected outcomes to ensure best fit for society.

Author Biographies

Aline Hajj, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Faculty of Pharmacy & Pôle Technologie-Santé (PTS)

Rony M. Zeenny, American University Beirut Medical Center & INSPECT-LB (Institut National de Santé Publique, d'Épidémiologie Clinique et de Toxicologie-Liban), Beirut, Lebanon

Department of Pharmacy at the American University Beirut Medical Center

Marwan Akel, INSPECT-LB (Institut National de Santé Publique, d'Épidémiologie Clinique et de Toxicologie-Liban) & Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon & International Pharmaceutical Federation, The Hague, The Netherlands

School of Pharmacy at the Lebanese International University

Hala Sacre, INSPECT-LB (Institut National de Santé Publique, d’Épidémiologie Clinique et de Toxicologie-Liban), Beirut, Lebanon

  

Pascale Salameh, INSPECT-LB (Institut National de Santé Publique, d'Épidémiologie Clinique et de Toxicologie-Liban) & Lebanese American University & Lebanese University, Lebanon & University of Nicosia Medical School, Nicosia, CyprusBeirut, Lebanon

School of Medicine at the Lebanese American University & Faculty of Pharmacy at the Lebanese University

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2022-03-17

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Hajj, A., Zeenny, R. M., Akel, M., Sacre, H., & Salameh, P. (2022). RESEARCH ARTICLE: The Lebanese experience for early career development: Bridging the gap to reach the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Global Competency Framework. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 211–220. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.211220

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