Cur­ricu­lum de­sign and up­dat­ing for Clin­i­cal Phar­macy teach­ing

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Thirty-five par­tic­i­pants from 11 coun­tries fol­lowed a work­shop or­gan­ised by the De­part­ment of Phar­macy of the Uni­ver­sity of Malta in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil for Phar­macy Ed­u­ca­tion, Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges of Phar­macy and the Euro­pean As­so­ci­a­tion of Fac­ul­ties of Phar­macy. The work­shop was held at the Uni­ver­sity Val­letta Cam­pus.

The aim of the course was to pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with an in­sight into as­pects of cur­ricu­lum de­sign, meth­ods of teach­ing and as­sess­ment, and in­cor­po­ra­tion of hand­son ex­pe­ri­ence in teach­ing us­ing a team-based ap­proach. The course was also in­tended to stim­u­late the devel­op­ment of a net­work of clin­i­cal phar­macy ed­u­ca­tors. It pre­sented prin­ci­ples of cur­ric­u­lar re-de­sign, de­liv­ery and as­sess­ment.

Ex­am­ples from ex­pe­ri­ences of the fac­ulty from the USA and the De­part­ment of Phar­macy of the Uni­ver­sity of Malta in in­tro­duc­ing in­no­va­tive meth­ods of teach­ing of clin­i­cal phar­macy were drawn. The work­shop served to guide ed­u­ca­tors and phar­ma­cists in­volved in the devel­op­ment of train­ing pro­grammes on re­flect­ing on cur­ricu­lum eval­u­a­tion, re-de­sign, de­liv­ery and as­sess­ment.

Dur­ing the open­ing ses­sion, Dr Michael Rouse, direc­tor In­ter­na­tional Ser­vices of ACPE re­flected upon the col­lab­o­ra­tion with the De­part­ment of Phar­macy of the Uni­ver­sity of Malta. The De­part­ment of Phar­macy is a leader of change in mov­ing to­wards pa­tient­cen­tred cur­ric­ula and in de­velop- ing mod­els of teach­ing. This was a rea­son for un­der­tak­ing the first work­shop in Malta, merg­ing USA and Euro­pean phar­macy ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ences.

Speak­ers and mod­er­a­tors of the ses­sions were Pro­fes­sor Joseph T. DiPiro, dean and Archie O. McCal­ley, chair at the Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­sity School of Phar­macy in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, USA, Pro­fes­sor Janet P. En­gle, head of the De­part­ment of Phar­macy Prac­tice and se­nior as­so­ci­ate dean for Clin­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois at Chicago Col­lege of Phar­macy, USA, Dr Michael J. Rouse from ACPE and Dr John C. Ressler from AACP, Pro­fes­sor Lil­ian M. Az­zopardi, head of the De­part­ment of Phar­macy and pres­i­dent of the EAFP, Pro­fes­sor An­thony Ser­ra­ci­noIn­glott, Pro­fes­sor of Phar­macy at the De­part­ment, Dr Louise Grech, Clin­i­cal phar­ma­cist at Mater Dei Hospi­tal and lec­turer at the De­part­ment of Phar­macy, Dr Maresca At­tard Piz­zuto, Dr Ni­co­lette Sam­mut Bar­tolo and Dr Francesca Wirth, lec­tur­ers at the De­part­ment of Phar­macy and Marise Gauci, Clin­i­cal phar­ma­cist at Karin Grech Hospi­tal and as­sis­tant lec­turer at the De­part­ment of Phar­macy.

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