Development and evaluation of an overseas clinical rotation program for undergraduate pharmacy students in Japan

Hisakazu Ohtani, Rieko Mitsui, Takeshi Akiyoshi, Ayuko Imaoka, Yoshihiro Abe, Motoko Kanke, Tomonori Nakamura, Patrick Foster, Mayumi Mochizuki

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Abstract

Background and purpose Internationalization of pharmacists, as well as pharmacy students, in terms of both the knowledge to care for international patients and to have medical information literacy, is a current concern in Japan. Educational activity and setting Keio University Faculty of Pharmacy has developed an elective course for pharmacy students, based on written agreements with the United States and Thailand that establish a student clinical rotation exchange program. The exchange program lasts for four to six weeks and involves clinical rotations in hospitals abroad during the students’ sixth year. Rotations follow a four-week didactic preparatory course. The course objectives are to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to function as leading pharmacists with an international perspective. Methods We asked students to complete a feedback survey inquiring about the usefulness of preparatory courses, self-evaluation pre- and post-rotation satisfaction with the program, and overall self-assessment. Findings Twenty-four out of 41, i.e., 58.5% of the students replied with feedback. All respondents replied that the preparatory course was useful. They also replied that, based on their self-evaluation, they were satisfied with their level of English language skill improvement after the rotation. Pharmaceutical knowledge satisfaction, however, was slightly decreased. All respondents replied that this program was of a satisfactory nature, with 71%, 63%, and 92% of the respondents replying that they could acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitude program objectives respectively. Summary It is possible to successfully develop an overseas clinical rotation program. Students were quite satisfied upon completion and achieved the expected objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-459
Number of pages8
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May

Keywords

  • Clinical rotation
  • International rotation
  • Japan
  • Student exchange
  • Thailand
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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