PERCEPTIONS OF DOCTOR OF PHARMACY DEGREE STUDENTS ABOUT INTRODUCTORY COMMUNITY PHARMACY CLERKSHIP, TAIF, SAUDI ARABIA
Dr. Adil Abdelrahman Mahmoud*
Aim of the study: to investigate students'assessement of the site and preceptors in an introductory community pharmacy practice clerkship, faculty of pharmacy, Taif university. Method: a cross-sectional study, in which two self-administered questionnaires for site of training and preceptors were distributed. Two academic sessions were investigated: 2014/2015(response rate 94%), and2015/2016(response rate 84%).Descriptive statistics and paired T-test were used. Results: Students gave moderate evaluation for the skills which were definitely obtained in the site of training (36%-53%), and the partially obtained ones (43%-51%). The followings skills either not provided (40%-53%), or not applicable(11%-14%):inventory, pricing and interaction with patients. Students were highly satisfied with their preceptors (70%-88%), but 22%-29% commented that the following skills were not given conveniently: adequate orientation, and helping students to use the training manual. Conclusion: The results showed that students did not get adequate training, and more orientation and training for the preceptors, to accomplish the clerkship objectives, is required.
Keywords: Introductory community pharmacy experience, community pharmacy, Perceptors, Pharmacy clerkship.
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