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Journal of Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy

Preparing pharmacists through pharmacy education and training for a professional role serving their communities  Invited Article 

R. Michael E. Richards
Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham, Thailand


    Experiences of designing and implementing courses for the teaching and training of pharmacists competent in working with patients in the hospital and community situation are related. Four courses in three countries and continents, over a period spanning 38 years, are briefly discussed. All were in pioneering situations where no precedent for such courses existed and established career patterns for graduates were weak or non existent. Observations by academics and practicing pharmacists of course outcomes on both the practice of pharmacy and the acceptance of course graduate by other health care professionals and patients indicated that the courses had achieved their initial objectives. The courses have been widely followed by other schools of pharmacy. Initial and subsequent editions of a textbook based on aspects taught on the courses have been well received throughout many parts of the world.  


1 pharmacy education
2 pharmacy training
3 practicing pharmacists
4 drug information
5 health care professionals

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JAASP Volume 1 No. 1
January - March, 2012

Page: 1-7

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