Experiential Learning: Pharmacy Practice in England Through an American Student's Eyes Megan Koritnick
Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Patricia L. Darbishire Pharm.D. and R.Ph.
pages: 71 - 80
- DOI: 10.1300/J060v13n02_06
- Version of record first published: 26Mar2007
Purdue University's Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Program requires second professional year pharmacy students to work or volunteer in a pharmacy practice setting. After introducing the program criteria, students are encouraged to create their own practice experiences. One Purdue student completed her IPPE requirement in a small community pharmacy in Swadlincote, England. Upon conclusion of the experience, the student discovered a number of interesting differences between pharmacy practice in England and the United States, including manufacturer packaging, pharmaceutical law, dispensing procedures, insurance and government programs, and pharmacist's educational requirements. Experiences, such as the ones described here, help students learn about the practice of pharmacy in other countries, as well as provide valuable insights and an opportunity to improve practice in the United States.