Summer Training

1. INTRODUCTION:

The Faculty of Pharmacy at MSA University aims at the graduation of a competent pharmacist who competes in the work market. MSA faculty of Pharmacy committed to high quality and continuous education. In addition it emphasizes on scientific research, community service and development. To achieve this, Faculty of Pharmacy trains students in different pharmaceutical disciplines to prepare them to compete effectively in the job market upon graduation.

Training is an integral part of the pharmacy programme and is considered one of the graduation requirements. Training commences after the end of the 3rd academic year (at least 100 achieved credit hours). Every student will have the opportunity to spend certain hours (at least 300 hours) training in one or more pharmacy settings with especial emphasis on community and hospital pharmacies. Training may be accomplished during one or two summer vacations.

2. AIMS:

The aims of this practical training are to expose the students to the rapidly growing information revolution in the pharmaceutical sciences and aid to graduate a competent pharmacist with high efficiency to participate in providing health care to community.

3. LEARNING OUTCOMES:

By the end of the training period the student must be able to:

3.1 LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Recall good pharmacy practice concepts including prescription reading, revision and dispensing, patient counselling, detection of medication-related problems including mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses, dosage, contra-indications, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions and medication errors.
  • Describe and outline health issues relevant to the community including: measures for prevention of disease, health promotion, public education on safe use of medicines and proper disposal of used medical devices.
  • Recognize Clinical services performed by clinical pharmacists including counselling, consultation, education, monitoring, and documentation services as well as services linked to special departments such as the oncology and ICU departments.
  • Recognizes principles of drug design, development and synthesis.
  • Differentiate between properties of different pharmaceutical dosage forms.
  • Describes principles of drug promotion, sales and marketing, business administration, accounting and pharmacoeconomics.

3.2. INTELLECTUAL SKILLS:

  • Apply qualitative and quantitative analytical and biological methods for QC and assay of raw materials as well as pharmaceutical preparations. [list_item]Apply various principles to determine the characteristics of biopharmaceutical products.
  • Utilize the pharmacological basis of therapeutics in the proper selection and use of drugs in various disease conditions.
  • Calculate and adjust dosage and dose regimen of medications.
  • Develop and establish good storage and drug distribution systems

3.3. PRACTICAL SKILLS:

  • Use properly the pharmaceutical/medical terms, abbreviations and symbols in pharmacy practice.
  • Handle and dispose chemicals and pharmaceutical preparations including radio-pharmaceuticals safely and effectively.
  • Compound, dispense, label, store and distribute medicines effectively and safely.
  • Assess toxicity profiles of different xenobiotic, detect and analyse poisons in biological specimens, handle simple toxicity cases and apply the simple principles of first aid.
  • Select medicines based on understanding of aetiology and pathophysiology of diseases.
  • Maintain public awareness on social health hazards of natural and synthetic drug abuse and misuse.
  • Apply techniques used in operating pharmaceutical equipment and instruments.
  • Advice patients and other health care professionals about safe and proper use of medicines and what to do if a dose is missed.
  • Respond to patient needs such as prescription dispensing, patient counselling, OTC prescribing, provision of drug information, reporting of adverse reactions to medicines and medicine utilization review as well as measuring outcomes in support of evidence-based practice, in addition to health screening and promotion.
  • Adopt good manufacturing practice in drug manufacturing premises.
  • Perform and participate in a range of clinical pharmacy services in a hospital setting.

3.4. GENERAL AND TRANSFERABLE SKILLS:

  • Recall good pharmacy practice concepts including prescription reading, revision and dispensing, patient counselling, detection of medication-related problems including mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses, dosage, contra-indications, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions and medication errors.
  • Describe and outline health issues relevant to the community including: measures for prevention of disease, health promotion, public education on safe use of medicines and proper disposal of used medical devices.
  • Recognize Clinical services performed by clinical pharmacists including counselling, consultation, education, monitoring, and documentation services as well as services linked to special departments such as the oncology and ICU departments.
  • Recognizes principles of drug design, development and synthesis.
  • Differentiate between properties of different pharmaceutical dosage forms.
  • Describes principles of drug promotion, sales and marketing, business administration, accounting and pharmacoeconomics.

4. REFERENCE STANDARDS:

The faculty is adopting the following references:

  • Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities (ESCU) regulations.
  • QAA Guidelines for programme specifications.
  • National academic reference standard (NARS) for pharmaceutical education.
  • MSA University Council.
  • Faculty of Pharmacy Council.

5. TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

The student and the University will share in finding acceptable training opportunities in one or more of the following settings:

5.1. COMMUNITY PHARMACY:

To gain practical experience in dispensing prescription, drugs storage, counselling patients and responding to their symptoms, health promotion, and medication review. Students will get hands-on experience in providing pharmaceutical services to patients, will apply pharmaceutical ethics and communication skills and will know how to reduce the harm that drug misuse inflict on society by participating in supervised medicine administration schemes. This training will open an opportunity for the student to practice giving advice to patient and other health care professionals.

5.2. HOSPITAL PHARMACY:

This training will allow students to have a clinical appraisal function, be directly involved with patient and the practicing of giving advice to other professionals and to learn how to develop treatment protocols. The students will also have the chance to counsel and educate patients on the best use of their medicines as well as monitoring the effects of their therapy.

Some hospital pharmacies have facilities for preparation of special medicines, such as complex cancer treatments and others have special licenses for the small-scale manufacture of medicines that are not commercially available. The trainee will have the opportunity to share experience and to practice in part this unique feature.

5.3. PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES:

The student will gain experience in Good Manufacturing Practice concepts in production processes, packaging and labelling, quality assurance measures during the manufacture process quality control testing after production (pharmacopoeial and regulatory requirements) as well as research and development activities.

6. Summer Training Application Forms:

Application form PDF format Word format
Application Form download download
Assessment Form download download

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