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Pharmacy Society wants internship, licensing exam curriculum

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 1:48 AM
All students who intended to be licensed pharmacists must successfully complete a period of internship and pass an assessment conducted by the Pharmacy Council of Jamaica.

The Pharmacy Society of Jamaica is calling for the body that regulates the sector in Jamaica to move with urgency to develop a curriculum to help pharmacy students with their internships and licensing exams. 

All students who intended to be licensed pharmacists must successfully complete a period of internship and pass an assessment conducted by the Pharmacy Council of Jamaica. 

However, news emerged recently that about half of the 50 interns failed the latest licensing exam. 

The pharmacy society, which functions like a trade union for pharmacists, says there is no document or curriculum that is sent to interns to guide them on their required learning outcomes and how to prepare for the exam. 

The organisation contends that a structured curriculum will help to strengthen the internship programme and ensure standardisation at all internship sites. 

It adds that the pharmacy council and not University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) should be held accountable for identifying areas of deficiencies and providing solutions to address them.

The School of Pharmacy in the College of Health Sciences at UTech is the primary institution for the training of pharmacists in Jamaica.