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, Patric J Foster, Mayumi Mochizuki

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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.

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JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017

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Information Literacy
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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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