The Internship Foundation Program (IFP) preceptor
Jeff Davies, BPharm, class of 1978
The opportunity to be an IFP clinical educator with Monash was unexpected but tremendously fulfilling, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
I’ve been aware of Monash University and remained in contact over the years, so it’s nice to be called upon for such opportunities.
The ability to help and influence students early on at the internship stage gives you great satisfaction.
The IFP is a really interesting and a valuable accreditation component. As part of the IFP, the intern will work in a Monash Credentialled Workplace, be supervised by a Monash Credentialled Pharmacy Clinical Educator and work through Monash Credentialled Workplace Learning. The University offers the clinical supervisory online training program and equips you with the tools and rubric measurements to help with assessments for the IFP.
You get to learn about the way you teach and present, and the way interns learn and process things, so it’s intellectually stimulating. The program is in its second year. While the interns do more work than students who are not undertaking the IFP, we are trained to support them and to make it doable.
Communication is a big part of what we do. You have to like people and learn to build a connection with patients. By empowering patients with knowledge, they become grateful. All interns have something to offer.
They work hard and come to us brimful of knowledge. We want to encourage them to use it. I’m also trying encourage the interns to drive the feedback from their supervisors. It’s enriching that you can use your knowledge and experience to help guide interns. Sometimes I see at least five or six students that I have interned acting as Pharmacy Board examiners, which is amazing.
I was a graduate when it was called the Victorian College of Pharmacy. Back then it was all lecture theatres and labs, but nothing like the high-tech learning labs currently on offer at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. While I’ve been in the same job for 40 years, opportunities such as the IFP credentialling make each year refreshing and different – I never get bored.
Jeff Davies has a longstanding affiliation with Monash University. He is an IFP clinical educator, supervised for the Internship Training Program, and sits on the faculty’s Postgraduate Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group Committee.