Students' experience and evaluation of community pharmacy internship in Iraq


  • Ahmad Al-Jalehawi University of Alkafeel, College of Pharmacy, Iraq
  • Fadya Al-Hamadani University of Baghdad, College of Pharmacy, Iraq
  • Heba M. Attash University of Mosul, College of Pharmacy, Iraq
  • Mohammed Ibrahim Aladul University of Mosul, College of Pharmacy, Iraq
  • Aya Alabdali Al-Mashreq University, College of Pharmacy, Iraq
  • Omer Qutaiba Allela Alnoor University College, Pharmacy Department, Iraq
  • Mohanad Yasir Al-Radeef Tikrit University, College of Pharmacy, Iraq



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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How to Cite

Al-Jalehawi, A., Al-Hamadani , F., Attash , H. M., Aladul, M. I., Alabdali, A., Allela , O. Q., & Al-Radeef , M. Y. (2022). Students’ experience and evaluation of community pharmacy internship in Iraq. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 688–695.



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