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Informatics e-Resource Prepares Pharmacy Students for Digital Environments

Posted on November 15 by Lisa Bishop

In this modern, technology-enabled world, how do we encourage the next generation of pharmacists to embrace technology? Although this generation of students has grown up in a digital environment, they aren’t necessarily tech savvy when it comes to providing health care. From adherence reminders, to electronic refills, to viewing clinical information, pharmacists can provide an enhanced level of service to their patients, all with the aid of technology.

So as educators of this next generation, it is our responsibility to ensure that our students graduate with the knowledge and skills to embrace technology. But how do we as educators keep up with all the advancements and integrate them into our teachings?

All pharmacy educators are members of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), which has a vested interest in the education of our students. AFPC was fortunate to partner with Canada Health Infoway to develop a national, online, competency-based, educational informatics resource. The Informatics for Pharmacy Students e-Resource was launched in 2014, and continues to be updated and utilized as part of the education of our students.

The e-Resource has helped students from all across the country meet the desired informatics competencies. The versatility of the e-Resource is demonstrated through the various ways that the e-Resource has been used in the pharmacy programs, from skills labs, to informatics courses, to interprofessional teaching. You will hear more from faculty in this blog series, who have used the e-Resource; all taking a different approach, and all with a passion to ensure that this next generation is prepared to practice in this technology-enabled world.

For more information about the pharmacists-in-training Informatics projects or to view the Informatics for Pharmacy Students e-Resource, please visit http://www.afpc.info/ (Education program tab).

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

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Dr. Lisa Bishop is a pharmacist and Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She has been extensively involved in teaching pharmacy students within the pharmacy skills courses. She was involved in the development of the competencies and writing sections of the Informatics for Pharmacy student’s e-Resource. Currently she is the peer leader mentor for the pharmacy educator informatics network that actively facilitates the integration of e-Resource into the pharmacy undergraduate curriculum across Canada.

 

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