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numbers where donors could contribute to a planned expansion, including housing for patients' families.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers six- or twelve-week clinical rotations in Brazil, China,
Switzerland, and Japan. A new rotation is available on a
U.S. Air Force Base in Italy. In some of these rotations,
students are actively involved in research- allopathic/
homeopathic research in Basel, Switzerland; traditional
Chinese medicine at Fudan University in Shanghai; lab
work with natural plant extracts at Maruzen Pharmaceuticals in Hiroshima; fluorescence and polarized light
microscopy at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Albany
College sends two students each year for a six-week rotation at Ewha Womans University in Seoul and two Ewha
students come to Albany. There is also a shorter, cultural exchange program for 20 U.S. students on the Ewha
campus. It is Jessica DiLorenzo's job as director of global
initiatives to launch each new program and make sure it
offers "enough health care and not just cultural immersion." She says her challenge is often convincing faculty
about the value of such cultural competency for students
at a professional school.
The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has several opportunities for overseas
rotations and other international experiences, beginning
with two elective courses on the Buffalo campus: Global
Health Outreach and Spanish for Pharmacists. The global
health course focuses on such issues as HIV, maternal and
fetal health, counterfeit medicines, and refugees. There
were 19 students in the first class, including foreign students who shared personal experiences about the lack of
access to diabetes supplies and the high cost of counterfeit
drugs in their home countries. Clinical assistant professor
Gina Prescott said a class on spirituality enabled students
to share different perspectives on efforts to prolong life.
Since 2002 the University at Buffalo has had an HIV research collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe. In fall
2015 the first Buffalo pharmacy student will do a six-week
rotation analyzing medicines in the Zimbabwe research lab.

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Students Leading the Way
Two University at Buffalo students are actively working to
expand such global opportunities. Sara DiTursi is a PharmD student who spent five weeks in a Taiwan program
sponsored by the IPSF. DiTursi paid for her airfare and
food; Taipei Medical University provided housing for seven exchange students from the United States, Singapore,
Malaysia, France, and Serbia. They observed pharmacists at work, attended classes on Chinese medicine, and
learned about a health care system in which everyone just

brings a "national insurance card to the pharmacy to be
swiped with no exchange of cash." DiTursi came home
with a new appreciation for how culture affects the way
people view medicine. "Some patients who use Chinese
medicine think it is completely separate from pharmacy
medicines. They often don't know about drug interactions,
which can happen even with Chinese medicine."
DiTursi also came home eager to begin
organizing an actual pharmaceutical
rotation in Taiwan, if not for herself, then for future students.
That requires investigating
preceptor training and requirements, structuring a rotation
in different practice areas, and
generating interest among students. DiTursi also became the Pan

"Some patients who use Chinese medicine think
it is completely separate from pharmacy medicines.
They often don't know about drug interactions,
which can happen even with Chinese medicine."
American regional media and publications officer for IPSF,
managing a Facebook page, website, and quarterly newsletter about public health initiatives (http://paro.ipsf.org/).
Another Buffalo student with a similarly strong interest in
promoting overseas learning is Ciera Patzke, founder of
Student Pharmacists for Global Outreach, now an officially
recognized student organization at the University at Buffalo. The group is sponsoring at least one trip each year to
the Dominican Republic or Honduras, one trip to underserved populations in the United States (so far Tennessee
and Chicago), and a local outreach initiative in Buffalo.
One of the first trips organized by the student group
went to Honduras. Nine first-, second-, and third-year
pharmacy students partnered with a secular NGO, Shoulder to Shoulder, to meet patients in their homes. "We
hiked to them, took their blood pressure, and completed
annual or monthly check-ups," says Patzke. "I think it provided great quality but we hiked to five patient homes in a
day and you want to reach out to so many more." During
the post-trip meeting, Patzke said students discussed the
need to utilize technology to make health communication
more efficient. "Despite these countries being povertyJ U LY + AU G .15 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR

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