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Clinical pharmacy teaching workshop

Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista (centre) pictured with speakers at the workshop (from left) Dr Michael Rouse from ACPE, Prof. Janet P. Engle, head of Chicago College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice, pro-rector Prof. Tanya Sammut-Bonnici, Department of Pharmacy head and EAFP president Prof. Lilian Azzopardi, Dr John Ressler from AACP, Prof. Anthony Serracino-Inglott, professor of pharmacy at the department, and Prof. Joseph T. Dipiro, dean and Archie O. McCalley chair at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia, US.

Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista (centre) pictured with speakers at the workshop (from left) Dr Michael Rouse from ACPE, Prof. Janet P. Engle, head of Chicago College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice, pro-rector Prof. Tanya Sammut-Bonnici, Department of Pharmacy head and EAFP president Prof. Lilian Azzopardi, Dr John Ressler from AACP, Prof. Anthony Serracino-Inglott, professor of pharmacy at the department, and Prof. Joseph T. Dipiro, dean and Archie O. McCalley chair at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia, US.

Thirty-five educators and pharmacists from 11 countries recently attended a workshop at the University of Malta’s Valletta campus on clinical pharmacy teaching.

The workshop was aimed at providing an insight into aspects of curriculum design, methods of teaching and assessment, and the incorporation of hands-on experience in teaching using a team-based approach.

Examples of innovative methods of teaching of clinical pharmacy in the US and at the University’s Department of Pharmacy were cited as examples. The department is a leader of change in moving to­wards patient-centred curricula and in developing models of teaching. This was why the first such workshop was undertaken in Malta, merging US and European pharmacy education experiences.

The event served to help educators and pharmacists involved in the development of training programmes reflect on curriculum evaluation, re-design, delivery and assessment. It was also intended to stimulate the deve­lopment of a network of clinical pharmacy educators.

The workshop was organised by the University’s Department of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (EAFP).

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