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International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 427–429 | Cite as

Implementing clinical pharmacy within undergraduate teaching in Namibia

  • Nicola RudallEmail author
  • Francis Kalemeera
  • Timothy Rennie
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Abstract

Clinical pharmacy is currently not practised in Namibia. To introduce the concept and skills pertinent to this area of practice, pharmacy undergraduates at Namibia’s new School of Pharmacy are introduced to clinical pharmacy from their second year, and progress from theory to practical application on the wards. This approach has led to students having a greater understanding of clinical pharmacy and how it can be applied in practice. Introducing clinical pharmacy progressively at an undergraduate level may help to stimulate interest in the speciality for future career progression.

Keywords

Clinical pharmacy Namibia Pharmacy education Undergraduate education 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Mr Dan Kibuule, Head of Department, Pharmacy Practice and Policy, for his support and assistance in implementing the clinical training within the programme.

Funding

The position of the clinical instructor was funded by a grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Conflicts of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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Copyright information

© Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij ter bevordering der Pharmacie 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Rudall
    • 1
    Email author
  • Francis Kalemeera
    • 1
  • Timothy Rennie
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PharmacyUniversity of NamibiaWindhoekNamibia

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