Preparing students for future roles in pharmacy: addition of external accreditation into a pharmacy curriculum to facilitate practice specialisation
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OBJECTIVE In Australia, provision of systematic medication review services is a specialist role for pharmacists. Registered pharmacists who wish to perform Home Medicines Reviews (HMRs) and Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMRs) must be accredited. Accreditation with the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) requires completion of Stage One and Two training and assessment. In 2009, Griffith University collaborated with the AACP to introduce the AACP Stage One preparatory course into the Master of Pharmacy curriculum to prepare students for practice specialisation, thereby enhancing career opportunities. METHOD AACP guidelines were mapped against the existing Master of Pharmacy curriculum. Endorsement of the School of Pharmacy to deliver AACP Stage One accreditation required a number of program modifications. Existing lecture content that met AACP requirements was rearranged into modules; and AACP-specific lectures, outlining the process, rules and regulations associated with accreditation, were incorporated. Recording of attendance was required for all AACP-related teaching and learning activities; and workshops evolved to provide experiential HMR and RMMR activities. Student attendance at all AACP lectures and workshops was compulsory to achieve Stage One accreditation, which was conferred by the AACP. RESULTS Griffith University was the first Australian university to successfully incorporate the AACP Stage One preparatory course into a pharmacy program. Students can now graduate with completed Stage One status in addition to their degree. Since its introduction in 2009, 97% of students have achieved Stage One accreditation. Student feedback has indicated that it provides a great start to their careers, and motivation to undertake medication reviews in the future. CONCLUSION Introduction of external accreditation into the pharmacy curriculum was valued by students, the vast majority of whom welcomed the opportunity to achieve Stage One accreditation. Credentialing by external organisations can be incorporated into a pharmacy program, thereby providing additional competencies and facilitating practice specialisation.
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