International student rotation: comparing US and Philippine pharmacy education
Keywords:Education, Pharmacy, Philippines, Unites States
Introduction: To introduce University of Florida (UF) students to pharmacy education in the Philippines, a one month advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotation was conducted out of country.
Course Description: The objectives of all study abroad programmes at UF include global awareness and intercultural competency. The study abroad APPE rotation structure is a blended-learning format that combines independent study, reflection writing, student-led presentations, group discussions, and face-to-face instructions and interactions.
Evaluation: While in country, the UF students were responsible for various activities. At the end of the APPE rotation, the students reported updates to assess their achievements in meeting their set goals and also reflected upon the differences between the United States (US) and Philippines’ pharmacy education.
Future plans: The experience of exploring the pharmacy education and practice in the Philippines was eye-opening and informative for both the US students and the Philippine colleges of pharmacy. The Philippine colleges of pharmacy have future plans to amend their curriculum.
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