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IMU‘s School of Pharmacy and Stakeholders Meet to Ensure Curriculum Meets the Needs of Community

06 May 2019

19 April 2019 – International Medical University’s School of Pharmacy hosted a Stakeholders Meeting, attended by representatives from professional organisations, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and community pharmacies as well as alumni. This is the 2nd Stakeholders Meeting organised by the School to serve as a platform for exchange and debate on the content and method of delivery of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum to meet the needs of the wider community.

The meeting was attended by representatives from:
Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS)
Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA)
Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PhAMA)
Malayisan Organisation of Pharmaceutical Industries (MOPI)
 Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild (MCPG)
 Hovid Berhad
 Duopharma Biotech Berhad
 MyCRO Sdn Bhd
 Novugen Pharma
 Oncogen Pharma
 Hospital Kuala Lumpur
 Hospital Tuanku Jaa’far
 Bahagian Amalan and Perkembangan Farmasi
 Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya
 Alpro Pharmacy
 Alpro Plus Pharmacy
 Guardian Health and Beauty Sdn Bhd
 Tigas Alliance Pharmacy
 Caring Pharmacy
 Clinical Research Malaysia
 School of Pharmacy Faculty

The meeting started with a welcoming address from A/Prof Mohd Zulkefeli bin Mat Jusoh, Dean of School of Pharmacy followed by overviews from the Programme Directors on the features of the undergraduate programmes and key actions taken following the 1st Stakeholders Meeting in 2017. This is followed by a discussion on graduates’ attributes and profession needs.

Some of points shared include: 
Negative and positive experiences with graduates
Theory-practice gaps
Desired traits of graduates to serve at community
Importance of adaptability skills
Graduates’ preparedness
Trends in personalised medicine

The Stakeholders Meeting also discussed the way forward for postgraduate education and training to support pharmaceutical policy and the pharmacy profession. The feedback will be fed into programme development and improvement.

Related article: School of Pharmacy Meets Stakeholders to Gain Knowledge on Employers’ Expectations

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