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Collaboration the Key to Integrating Informatics into the Pharmacy Curriculum

Posted on November 15 by Christopher Louizos

I was asked to write a blog regarding the integration of the informatics e-resource for pharmacy students into our curriculum at the University of Manitoba, College of Pharmacy. I found this an interesting task, as this is my first blog post and honestly had never truly reflected on why our curriculum integration was considered a success. I would attribute it to four things:

  1. Lunch: This may sound a little far-fetched, however taking interested faculty members for lunch outside of the confines of our building provided the opportunity to have an undisturbed discussion about the e-resource and its content.
  2. Flexibility: Allowing faculty to use as much or as little of the e-resource in their respective courses gave them the autonomy to make decisions that best influenced their students.
  3. Support: Having local support through a peer leader and national support through Canada Health Infoway/ Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) assures faculty and students that the e-resource is credible and of high quality.
  4. Lunch: Lunch again? Yes! This second lunch was essential as it afforded us an opportunity to debrief and discuss the curriculum integration of the e-resource at the end of the academic year. Objectively evaluating the e-resource integration as part of the curriculum is essential to its continued use.

This is blog two of three in a series of posts on the  informatics e-resource for pharmacy students.

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Christopher LouizosChristopher Louizos

Dr. Christopher Louizos BSc (Pharm), Pharm.D. received his B.Sc. Pharmacy degree from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Pharmacy in 2004 and his Pharm D from the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy in 2015. He is a Senior Instructor and primarily teaches in the Skills Lab and Clinical Pharmacy stream of the Undergraduate Program. Dr. Louizos is also the manager of Steele’s Apothecary the dispensary located within the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba.

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