An interdisciplinary evaluation of pharmacy on a global medical mission trip


  • Kendra R Manigault Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta Georgia
  • Annesha White University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy, Fort Worth, Texas
  • C. Lea Bonner Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta, Georgia
  • William F Bina Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, Georgia
  • Fred Girton Peds and Parents Family Care, LLC, Saint Marys, Georgia


Global Health, Inter-professional Education, Medical Missions, Pharmacy


Objectives: To assess the impact of working with student pharmacists on a global mission trip and examine the perceptions of undergraduate and graduate students with regard to student pharmacists' participation.

Methods: Medical, nursing, and pre-health undergraduate students who participated in an interdisciplinary medical mission trip to Honduras in 2014, 2015, and 2016 completed pre- and post-test surveys to assess study objectives.

Results: Thirty-three (100%) students completed the surveys. Findings revealed non-pharmacy student awareness of pharmacy students’ ability to provide assistance with the international travel clinic improved (p<0.05). Non-pharmacy students strongly agreed that pharmacy students understood the difficulties and nuances of their role as a healthcare professional; enhanced patient care; and medication errors in dosing, potential drug interactions and side effects would be reduced with pharmacy student participation on teams (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Inter-professional medical mission trips provide an opportunity for healthcare students to collaborate and understand the unique roles of healthcare team members.

Author Biographies

Kendra R Manigault, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta Georgia

Clinical Assistant Professor - Department of Pharmacy Practice

Annesha White, University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy, Fort Worth, Texas

Department of Pharmacotherapy

C. Lea Bonner, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta, Georgia

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Associate Professor - Department of Pharmacy Practice

1Department of Pharmacy Practice, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA.

William F Bina, Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, Georgia

Professor, Department of Family Medicine3Department of Family Medicine, 

Fred Girton, Peds and Parents Family Care, LLC, Saint Marys, Georgia

Physician - Family Practice, Peds and Parents Family Care


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