A Perspective for Clinical Pharmacy Curriculum Development and Validation in Asian Developing Nations

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    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2011; 3(2):151-154
    Pharmaceutical Education | doi:10.4103/0975-1483.80304
    Authors:

    Khan TM, Anwar M1, Mueen Ahmed KK

    College of Clinical Pharmacy, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

    1School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, New Zealand.

    Abstract:

    This perspective is a reflection of the Personal teaching experience of the authors. The aim of this perspective is to identify the weaknesses in the pharmacy curriculum development in Asian developing nations and to propose a methodological approach for curriculum validation. It has been seen that improper selection of the course contents were the common limitations found in the pharmacy curriculum in developing nations. Furthermore, lack of facilities and improper student evaluation system were the other flaws that are acting as a main challenge to pharmacy education in developing nations. A systemic way for the curriculum designing and validation can be a solution to manage the observed deficiencies. Keeping in view this motivation a set of task are defined in the form of Pharmacy Curriculum Development and Validation Model (PCDVM) that can be a guideline for the pharmacy educators for the evaluation and validation of the curriculum. Partial or full implementation of this model will enable the pharmacy institutions to deliver quality knowledge to pharmacy students which will further contribute to quality health care system in developing countries.

    Key words: Pharmacy curriculum, asian developing nations, curriculum development, validation.

     

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