Qatar updates pharmacy training as role of pharmacists evolves

The education and practice of pharmacy is undergoing change around the world, with more emphasis on clinical outcomes and patient-centeredness.

In Qatar, the country’s only faculty of pharmacy is responding to these changes with integrated learning and a new curriculum.

“Previously, pharmaceutical education focused on the drug itself and its chemical specifications. Now the focus is more on patient care, ”said Feras Alali, Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University. “This has brought about a fundamental change in pharmaceutical education. “

In 2017, the college began a comprehensive review of its curriculum. The process resulted in the restructuring of the bachelor’s program into a series of integrated modules that cut across traditional subjects. Each module revolves around a certain body system, rather than a specific discipline.

The changes, which take effect this school year, aim to reduce repetition in teaching and make educational experiences cohesive, relevant and more patient-centered.

“A teacher no longer teaches a subject alone. Instead, everyone involved in the integrated unit of the program is working together and planning how to teach holistically, ”Alali said.

The change was not easy for the teachers. This “requires a lot of work, cooperation and openness on the part of faculty members in educational content and assessment methods,” according to Alali.

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