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Pharmacy 2018, 6(3), 60;

The Need to Introduce Simulation-Based Teaching in Pharmacy Education in Saudi Arabia

College of Pharmacy, Umm-Al-Qura University, Taif Road, Makkah 13578, Saudi Arabia
Warwick Medical School, Warwick University, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
Received: 31 May 2018 / Revised: 23 June 2018 / Accepted: 23 June 2018 / Published: 3 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Simulation in Pharmacy Education and Beyond)
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Pharmacists worldwide, including Saudi Arabia, are now increasingly expected to play a more patient-centred role. The transition of pharmacists from a dispensing role to a more patient-centred clinical role requires the adoption of innovative learning techniques in pharmacy teaching and learning to transform the future pharmacy workforce. One such innovation in pharmacy education is simulation-based pharmacy teaching. The use of simulation in pharmacy education allows pharmacy students to not only improve their clinical knowledge and skills, but also serves as a tool to improve their critical thinking that is a pre-requisite in sound clinical decision-making. Given the importance of patient-oriented teaching in pharmacy education, the majority of institutions offering pharmacy education in the developed countries have successfully integrated simulation-based teaching in their respective curricula to meet both patient and practice needs. However, most of the universities offering undergraduate pharmacy programs in the developing world, including Saudi Arabia, have limited application of patient-focused teaching in their respective programs. This article aims to highlight the importance of introducing simulation-based teaching in pharmacy education in Saudi Arabia. View Full-Text
Keywords: simulation; pharmacy practice; education; Saudi Arabia simulation; pharmacy practice; education; Saudi Arabia
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