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Am J Pharm Educ ; 85(6): 8540, 2021 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1329207

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused boundless disruptions to every element of life. It has also brought with it lessons from the past that will likely extend into the future as humans continue to interface with the ever-increasing threats of zoonotic diseases. The pandemic has challenged the profession and the Academy to adjust, modify, and adapt. It has also stretched the bounds of what had previously been thought possible within the realms of medicine. As the Academy begins to reach and crest the apex of the epidemic it should be reminded of the many lessons associated with the pandemic and of the constant need to challenge the paradigm of what is possible.


Subject(s)
Academies and Institutes/standards , COVID-19/epidemiology , Education, Pharmacy/standards , Students, Pharmacy , Academies and Institutes/trends , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19 Vaccines/administration & dosage , Education, Pharmacy/trends , Humans
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Pan Afr Med J ; 35(Suppl 2): 70, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1094365

ABSTRACT

The effort by countries and relevant stakeholders to improving the quality of pharmacy education globally is being countered by the outbreak of infectious diseases. In order to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, unprecedented measures such as total/partial lockdowns and ban on public gatherings have been put in place by several governments. These measures implemented have put a halt on academic activities and schooling and have invariably affected the delivery of pharmacy education globally and Africa is no exception. In order to ensure the continuity of pharmacy education, the e-learning strategy has been utilized by several countries in the world today and Africa should not be left out. There is an urgent need for Africa to meet up with the present education demands by adopting the e-learning strategy but this is not without challenges. We examine the impact of these measures on pharmacy education as well as the challenges affecting the uptake and applicability of the e-learning strategy in pharmacy education in Africa. It is therefore essential for the government and relevant stakeholders in the pharmacy education sector to address the numerous challenges that may hinder its uptake in Africa.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Computer-Assisted Instruction/methods , Education, Distance/organization & administration , Education, Pharmacy/organization & administration , Africa , Education, Pharmacy/standards , Humans
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Am J Pharm Educ ; 84(6): ajpe8158, 2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-646817

ABSTRACT

The novel coronavirus identified in 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted pharmacy graduate and postgraduate education. This crisis has resulted in a cosmic shift in the administration of these programs to ensure core values are sustained. Adjustments may be needed at a minimum to ensure that postgraduate trainees complete program requirements while maintaining safety. Moving forward, additional issues may arise that will need to be addressed such as admissions and program onboarding, acclimating students to new training environments, and managing inadequate resources for distance education, distance practice, and remote versus in-person research opportunities.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Education, Graduate/organization & administration , Education, Pharmacy/organization & administration , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Education, Distance , Education, Graduate/standards , Education, Pharmacy/standards , Humans , Interprofessional Relations , Pandemics , Patient Care Team/organization & administration , Pharmacy Residencies/organization & administration , Research/organization & administration , SARS-CoV-2 , School Admission Criteria , Teaching/organization & administration , Telemedicine/organization & administration
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Am J Pharm Educ ; 84(6): ajpe8088, 2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-646642

ABSTRACT

Pharmacy schools and colleges worldwide are facing unprecedented challenges to ensuring sustainable education during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The experiences of pharmacy educators in the Asia-Pacific region in delivering emergency remote teaching, ensuring purposeful experiential placements, supporting displaced or isolated students, and communicating with faculty members, staff members, and students are discussed. The role of this pandemic in accelerating opportunities for new models of pharmacy education across the world is also discussed.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Education, Pharmacy/organization & administration , Faculty, Pharmacy/organization & administration , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Schools, Pharmacy/organization & administration , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Communication , Education, Distance/organization & administration , Education, Pharmacy/standards , Humans , Pandemics , Preceptorship/organization & administration , SARS-CoV-2 , Students, Pharmacy/psychology
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Am J Pharm Educ ; 84(6): ajpe8135, 2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-646336

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all facets of pharmacy education, including accreditation and certification activities. In a very short period of time, Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs and pharmacy technician programs had to convert to teaching classes online, experiential education sites had to figure out how to train student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians while ensuring their safety, continuing pharmacy education providers had to move their in-person courses online, and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) had to postpone accreditation site visits. Given the challenges faced by our constituencies, the ACPE implemented processes and suggested solutions that stayed within the boundaries of the standards while at the same time allowing flexibility so that organizations could achieve their educational outcomes even given the constraints produced by the pandemic.


Subject(s)
Accreditation/organization & administration , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Education, Pharmacy/organization & administration , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Accreditation/standards , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Education, Distance , Education, Pharmacy/standards , Humans , Organizational Innovation , Pandemics , Problem-Based Learning , SARS-CoV-2
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Am J Pharm Educ ; 84(6): ajpe8150, 2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-646276

ABSTRACT

Academic institutions work diligently each year to recruit, retain, and graduate Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students who will be positive contributors to our healthcare system. The immergence of a novel coronavirus in 2019 (COVID-19) has threatened these systems. This commentary is a discussion of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the enrollment management processes of PharmD degree programs, including recruitment, admissions, orientation, retention, and graduation. The authors highlight enrollment management processes that may forever be changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This commentary is intended to assist pharmacy administrators as they reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their own programs and develop strategies to minimize the negative effects.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Education, Pharmacy/organization & administration , Personnel Selection/organization & administration , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Schools, Pharmacy/organization & administration , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Education, Pharmacy/standards , Humans , Licensure, Pharmacy/standards , Pandemics , Personnel Selection/standards , SARS-CoV-2 , School Admission Criteria , Schools, Pharmacy/standards
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