Monash Pharmacy Education Symposium 2011

Pharmacy curriculum: teaching today for tomorrow's practice
11-13 July, 2011

Against a background of fast-changing professional pharmacy roles, the make up of pharmacy curricula is both contentious and evolving.

In 2011, discussions focused on curriculum planning and implementation. Expert international speakers engaged to guide discussion and stimulate debate. Topics for discussion included:

  • Is there a 'core' pharmacy curriculum?
  • How do we allow for country-to-country differences in professional practice?
  • What is the appropriate balance of science and practice?
  • Does the science component need to be taught in context with the practice?
  • What is an integrated curriculum? How integrated should it be? Should the curriculum be a traditional format or problem-based learning (PBL)?
  • Does extemporaneous dispensing still need to be taught? If so, how much?
  • How important is therapeutics?
  • Do pharmacy students need to be taught physical assessment skills to equip them for new roles?
  • How much experiential learning should be included?
  • How should interprofessional learning be incorporated into the curriculum?
  • Do distance learning courses equip students equally compared to on-campus courses?
  • What about postgraduate curricula? How do we advance practice?
  • Should pre-registration/intern/resident training be incorporated in the undergraduate curriculum?
  • Is pre-registration/intern/resident training simply 'hours worked on the job'?

Plenary presentations and program

Day 1, 11 July 2011
What knowledge should be taught in the pharmacy curriculum?

Event Event title  Presenter


Keynote address:
What (and where) are we creating? Teaching today for tomorrow's practice

Adam Shoemaker

Some principles of curriculum design - setting the scene [.pdf, 246KB]

Dai John

International pharmacy curriculum comparison [.pdf, 666KB]

Jennifer Marriott

How do we balance science and practice in the pharmacy curriculum?

Biosciences in the pharmacy curriculum [.pdf, 1579KB]
Active Learning in University Science project [.pdf, 445KB]
Balancing science and practice in the PharmD curriculum [.pdf, 650KB]


Ian Hughes
Mauro Mocerino
Ralph Altiere

  Education Technology Forum

Contributed papers


Day 2, 12  July 2011
What skills do we need to develop in our students?


From generic skills to generic drugs. Where do graduate attributes belong in pharmacy education? [.pdf, 238KB]

Adam Shoemaker

Hypothetical: What skills do we need to develop in our undergraduates and how might we develop them?  [.pdf, 98KB]
• How do we develop dispensing skills?
• How do we develop clinical skills?
• How do we develop other attributes/attitudes?


Ralph Altiere
Michael Dooley
Ian Hughes
Mauro Mocerino
Roger Murphy
Mike Rouse
Adam Shoemaker

Facilitated by
Zubin Austin

Contributed papers

Workshops Workshop 1: Learning styles, Zubin Austin
Workshop 2: Active Learning in University Science, Mauro Mocerino
Workshop 3: Ensuring continuity of the curriculum from undergraduate to postgraduate programs, Kirstie Galbraith & Catherine Duggan
Pharmatopia Meeting: All welcome
  Symposium Dinner - La Limonaia  

Day 3, 13 July 2011
How can we best ensure the quality of the curriculum?


Quality assurance of pharmacy curricula [.pdf, 646KB]

Mike Rouse

What can be done to improve professional education? [.pdf, 2422KB]

Roger Murphy

Leading healthcare reform through curriculum change [.pdf, 1780KB]

Michael Dooley

Workshop 1: Learning styles, Zubin Austin
Workshop 2: Active Learning in University Science, Mauro Mocerino
Workshop 3: Identifying the knowledge, skills and experience for advanced practice post-registration, Kirstie Galbraith & Catherine Duggan
Workshop 4: Learning from the way that different professional courses use clinical placements, Roger Murphy & Claire Anderson
Workshop 5: SABER - Sharing and building educational resources, Paul White & Ian Larson
Workshop 6: Social and administrative curriculum, Jason Perepelkin
Workshop 7: Professionalism in the curriculum, Greg Duncan & Paul Rutter