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Title: A three-year post-graduate Doctorate in Pharmacy course incorporating professional, experiential and research activities : a collaborative innovative approach
Authors: Vella Szijj, Janis
Attard Pizzuto, Maresca
Sammut Bartolo, Nicolette
Wirth, Francesca
Grech, Louise
Pham, Jennifer T.
Haaf-Mactal, Christina
Lau, Alan H.
Serracino-Inglott, Anthony
Azzopardi, Lilian M.
Keywords: University of Malta. Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Department of Pharmacy
Pharmacy -- Study and teaching -- Malta
Pharmacy -- Practice
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Association for Medical Education in Europe
Citation: Vella Szijj, J., Attard Pizzuto, M., Sammut Bartolo, N., Wirth, F., Grech, L., Pham, J.,... Azzopardi, L. M. (2021). A three-year post-graduate Doctorate in Pharmacy course incorporating professional, experiential and research activities: A collaborative innovative approach. MedEdPublish, 10(1), 93,
Abstract: Background A three-year post-graduate international Doctorate in Pharmacy collaborative course, was launched by the Department of Pharmacy, University of Malta in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Aim and rationale To demonstrate that the professional Doctorate in Pharmacy (i) fits the requirements of a Level 8 degree according to the Bologna process, (ii) helps graduates develop competencies and attributes in proficiency in clinical and professional aspects, (iii) has a research component that provides the right level of abilities to participate in research initiatives and to interpret research outcomes, (iv) enables graduates to obtain leadership characteristics.
Approach The unique characteristics of the course were evaluated through an outcomes result-oriented measurement. Leadership aspects were measured through policies and strategies presented by students and graduates.
Outcomes i) course is in line with the Bologna declaration, ii) research work shown in the dissertation satisfied competencies required iii) research abilities have been examined through a third party and found to be compliant with acquiring of concepts in the design, carrying out, assessment of outcomes and interpretation of results of the research study carried out by each student, and iv) leadership characteristics were shown by the positions taken up by the graduates and early outcomes from these positions.
Conclusion Learning activities enable development of professionals able to merge scientific and practice aspects in the evaluation of innovative therapies, the use of medicines and patient monitoring, and in pharmaceutical policy development and regulation. Leadership positions taken up by graduates point to the acquisition of leadership skills by graduates.
Next Steps The authors are happy to extend collaboration for this model to be adapted by other institutions for the curricular development entailed in this programme to enhance and improve an innovative aspect in the evolvement of the pharmacy profession on the international scenario.
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