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Pharmacy 2017, 5(1), 14; doi:10.3390/pharmacy5010014

How Two Small Pharmacy Schools’ Competency Standards Compare with an International Competency Framework and How Well These Schools Prepare Students for International Placements

School of Pharmacy, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL A1B3V6, Canada
Public Health and Global Health, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Hobart 7000, Australia
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Academic Editor: Jeffrey Atkinson
Received: 4 February 2017 / Revised: 25 February 2017 / Accepted: 28 February 2017 / Published: 6 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Competence Training for Pharmacy)
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International standards of pharmacy curricula are necessary to ensure student readiness for international placements. This paper explores whether curricula from two pharmacy programs, in Australia and Canada, are congruent with international standards and if students feel prepared for international placements. Nationally prescribed educational standards for the two schools were compared to each other and then against the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Global Competency Framework. Written student reflections complemented this analysis. Mapping results suggested substantial agreement between the FIP framework and Australia and Canada, with two gaps being identified. Moreover, the students felt their programs prepared them for their international placements. Despite differences in countries, pharmacy programs, and health-systems all students acclimatized to their new practice sites. Implications are that if pharmacy programs align well with FIP, pharmacists should be able to integrate and practise in other jurisdictions that also align with the FIP. This has implications for the mobility of pharmacy practitioners to countries not of their origin of training. View Full-Text
Keywords: international placement; pharmacy undergraduates; curriculum; standards international placement; pharmacy undergraduates; curriculum; standards
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Hawboldt, J.; Nash, R.; FitzPatrick, B. How Two Small Pharmacy Schools’ Competency Standards Compare with an International Competency Framework and How Well These Schools Prepare Students for International Placements. Pharmacy 2017, 5, 14.

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