Archive \ Volume.8 2017 Issue 1

Are Doctor of Pharmacy Curricula in Developing Countries Adequate to Train Graduates to Provide Pharmaceutical Care?

Ramalingam Peraman , Subish Palaian , Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed Izham
Abstract

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is a new dimension of pharmacy education in developing countries. The PharmD graduates are expected to participate in patient health care by providing pharmaceutical care. The graduates should have enough necessary clinical knowledge, competitiveness and skills in community, hospital and clinical pharmacy related services. There is a need of curriculum that fit into the program outcome that helps to attain graduate competency. Programs in India, Pakistan, Iran and Nepal were reviewed based on the available literature. Even though it is evident that the PharmD curriculum in developing countries has made an attempt to provide patient-oriented approach for pharmacists, the existing curriculum, training and orientation have several pitfalls. It needs assessment, evaluation and improvement.


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