n Education as Change - Contextualising undergraduate pharmacy training in service-learning at the University of the Western Cape

Volume 11, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1682-3206
  • E-ISSN: 1947-9417
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The pharmacy profession necessitates continual revision of undergraduate training to meet both changing and challenging health needs. Service-learning is a teaching methodology that assists health professions and academic training institutions in facilitating curriculum changes to improve the competence of pharmacy graduates. This method addresses the core requirements as stipulated by the South African Pharmacy Council for entry-level pharmacists. The aim of service-learning was to introduce an educational intervention for students that would enable them to rotate between the classroom and the workplace with the goal to provide them with the opportunity to accumulate learning experiences in both contexts. This article presents the development of the pharmacotherapy service-learning module as a case study which can be used as an exemplar for other service-learning modules. Fourth year students participating in the service-learning module were the focus of this study. Data was collected in various ways through focus groups, written reports, on-site assessments and feedback sessions and this provided the primary data for this research. Data was analysed by identifying common themes in the primary data. Students indicated that they were able to obtain an overview of the primary health care system, gain confidence in counselling and dispensing, and apply pharmacological concepts.

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