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"A Harvard Executive MBA Program"
for Pharmacists
The Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado has combined this interest in patient-centered pharmacy
with the growing acceptance of online learning into its new
International-Trained PharmD program, a pharmacy doctorate accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy
Education (ACPE). "We want to be a Harvard Executive
MBA program," says Kari Franson, associate dean for professional education, anticipating only 10 students per year
with the first graduates scheduled in 2017. Foreign students are expected to be practicing pharmacists
who come to Denver for one month at the
beginning of the program, followed by
two years of online course work and ten
months of clinical rotations in Denver.

years. Does she feel she is missing anything with lectures
offered online rather than in person? Not at all. "I have an
established job and career in a very good, high-standard
facility. I don't want to lose that. The online program is
accredited and I don't feel like I'm missing anything," says
Mahmoud. "The online lectures are more convenient;
when I finish the slides, I e-mail my questions and the
professors answer. The professors are very accessible and
helpful. You feel like everybody wants to help you."
Rotations in the International PharmD program meet
the same required six-week placements in ambulatory
care facilities, internal medicine, and community and
institutional pharmacies as those for U.S. students. International PharmD students cover all tuition and fees,
though some financial aid is available. Mahmoud calls the
program an "eye-opening experience...I will be the phenomenal clinical pharmacist I hope to be."

"I have learned so much about patient autonomy.
In the Middle East, we are accustomed to feeling we know
what is best for you as pharmacists; no one tells you
a patient has a right to choose something for himself."
Students continue to work in their own jobs and may complete the program in three to six years on a full- or part-time
basis. The Middle East is particularly interested in PharmD,
and Skaggs promoted it at DUPHAT, the Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies Conference.
The first three students are Egyptian pharmacists
working in Qatar, including Sara Mahmoud, who believes
a PharmD from a U.S. institution will open doors professionally for her. "Pharmacists are not just dispensing
individuals any more. We are the experts on medications.
Clinical pharmacy has been shown to reduce costs, reduce
hospital stays, and reduce mortality in general." Her initial
month in Denver included classes on communication, U.S.
pharmacy law, and terminology as well as visits to retail
pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals. Mahmoud says the
training in patient communication has already improved
her clinical skills: "I have learned so much about patient autonomy. In the Middle East, we are accustomed to feeling
we know what is best for you as pharmacists; no one tells
you a patient has a right to choose something for himself."
Mahmoud will finish her online courses next year and
spread her clinical rotations in the United States over two
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Many pharmacy schools including Skaggs offer fourth
year students the chance to elect at least one overseas
rotation. Dean Franson says about 10 percent of Skaggs
students take advantage of these opportunities, often
setting up their own international practice site or choosing a site where Skaggs already has contacts, including
Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Netherlands,
or Costa Rica. Skaggs students are required to complete
three rotations in the United States before going overseas
and they are reminded to be flexible, as sites may not be
finalized until a few weeks before a rotation begins. Skaggs
maintains a partnership in drug development and clinical
research with the University of Leiden in The Netherlands,
as well as a six-week Spanish rotation in Costa Rica with
Common Ground International. Students live with a Costa Rican host family, learn the pharmacy system in Costa
Rica, and join an interdisciplinary team to assess public
health risks and barriers to care in target communities.
The University of Colorado has its own interdisciplinary
clinic in Guatemala and the first pharmacy rotations are
being offered there in the summer of 2015.
"Schools are really demonstrating that global health
and outreach can expand to include pharmacy services,"
says Franson. "Securing a safe supply chain and providing
patients with information and care is important."
At Drake University in Iowa, professor John Rovers
says the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences spent
several months developing a rubric to qualify international clinical rotations in terms of safety standards, level
of English language understanding, curriculum match
between Drake and the foreign institution, and availabil-

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