Implementation and evaluation of a short-term overseas training community-setting experience for Japanese Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
Keywords:Community setting, International programme, Japan, Overseas training, Short-term, United States
Introduction: Kitasato University signed an international exchange agreement with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy (UICOP) with a new focus on “Pharmacists in the community setting” in 2010. Students have short-term participatory and hands-on training yearly in the United States (US).
Methods: A questionnaire survey was given to students after participation to evaluate the impact of the experience.
Results: Before the programme, students had to learn about pharmacy education and actual community pharmacy practice. The attainment rate for it was 75.0%. At the community pharmacy shadowing, students could see the characteristics of US pharmacists and differences from Japan, and all the students had changed their future vision and way of thinking.
Conclusion: The usefulness of this programme was confirmed. Students could learn about pharmacy practice, particularly in the community in the US. This programme may represent a helpful strategy to train pharmacists with an international perspective.
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