Creating international opportunities in the classroom

Kerry K Fierke, Margarette L. Kading, Doneka R. Scott

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Introduction: To address the need for students to develop a professional/practice vision with a global perspective, faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy designed a course to introduce students to pharmacy practice in a variety of countries. The aim of this paper is to share with other pharmacy educators how to structure a course that teaches students how to develop a global perspective on healthcare, how to articulate that perspective, and how to begin to practice with a global conscience. Course Description: The International Pharmacy Practice and Leadership Directed Studies course engaged students in self discovery and reflection through a combination of structured and unstructured experiences taking place in various learning environments, including interactions with pharmacists from a variety of countries through online Skype discussions. Evaluation: Students reported a variety of realizations in weekly journal entries and in a final presentation about their professional/practice vision. Future plans: The course will evolve to include presentations by more international healthcare practitioners in addition to pharmacists, including nurses, physicians, and administrators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalPharmacy Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Global classroom
  • International practice
  • Leadership
  • Pharmacy students
  • Vision


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