Practitioner Teacher Program at the Faculty of Pharmacy
A key change in the newly updated Bachelor of Pharmacy curriculum is the integration of the pharmaceutical sciences and the clinical and professional practice elements of the course.
The Faculty of Pharmacy employs a number of practitioner teachers to further this integration.
The practitioner teachers are either the owners of pharmacies, career pharmacists or hospital pharmacists who lecture undergraduate students one day per week about the practicalities of pharmacy once they leave university.
Students in years 2 to 4 of the undergraduate professional degree are tutored on the procedures within a community or hospital pharmacy setting, the basis for clinical advice, how they communicate with their clients and in general provide an impression as to what should happen in practice. Students attend weekly tutorials for these three years.
Some practitioner teachers are also recruited for their specialised knowledge in a particular area; for example, diabetes, nutrition or asthma. They deliver lectures on their particular subject area, design tutorials for the specific area and in some cases they also train other practitioner teachers.
This is an important program which greatly adds to the practical teaching provided to students on their path to a professional degree.
“I believe the practitioner teachers are both integral and invaluable for teaching pharmacy students. They bring practical knowledge and real world experience to theoretical teaching. From my experience, I know that the students very much appreciate the PTs. The specialist practitioners are also of extreme importance because they are an example of how students can focus their careers if they wish to, and not necessarily be ‘generalist’ community pharmacists. The specialist practitioner pharmacists bring a unique insight into the curriculum.”
– Professor Jo-Anne Brien, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
The Practitioner teachers are real working pharmacists who are able to put student learning into context. It’s extremely valuable for our students to have this resource”
– Dr Rebekah Moles, Lecturer, Pharmacy Practice.