Students' experience and evaluation of community pharmacy internship in Iraq
Keywords:Internship perception, Pharmacy curriculum, Pharmacy internship, Pharmacy students, Summer training
Background: Pharmacy internship programmes are driven by most developed countries to outweigh the ongoing growth in the pharmacy career which encourages pharmacists to play a significant role as healthcare providers.
Objectives: This study examines pharmacy students' perception, satisfaction, challenges, and limitations with the internship curriculum.
Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted using an online survey with different elements to examine students' perceptions of various aspects.
Result: Most students reported a positive impression regarding their internships, however, they were less satisfied with the allowance for filling prescriptions and compounding also, the college's follow-up was inadequate. Finding a pharmacy and devoted time for the training were the most reported challenges. Whether the preceptor is a pharmacist or not, the duration of the training and the pharmacy type have been demonstrated as important factors in the training outcomes.
Conclusion: Students have acquired experience and knowledge. However, there are still improvements needed in the interns' perception towards the programme.
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