246338 Pharmacists impacting international public health: A post-graduate pharmacy residency in southern Africa

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:45 AM

Marie-Josephine Seya IV, Doctor of pharmacy , the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Joseph Barone, Doctor of pharmacy , the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
James Alexander, Doctor of pharmacy , the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Pharmacy residency programs enhance participants' competencies in optimizing patients' medication outcomes strategies. They empower pharmacists to improve medication adherence programs in many settings. In an HIV international pharmacy residency program, the resident spends 6 months in Southern Africa and 6 months in the US within the HIV advocacy and policy department. The clinically-trained pharmacist has the opportunity to compare, contrast and enhance both US- and Africa-based pharmacy delivery systems. The resident implements medication adherence programs in different countries in Southern Africa. S/he also provides pharmaceutical care education to health care professionals, community health workers and patients. Since clinical pharmacists are scarce in Southern Africa, the local communities and hospitals widely embrace the program. The advantages of this type of residency programs are not just unidirectional. It provides a unique international public health experience to US pharmacists.

Lessons Learned: These programs not only have the potential to increase medication adherence in resource scarce settings, but also to stress the role of pharmacists in the international public health arena. Furthermore, lessons from these resource-constraint settings can be transferred to the US.

Next Steps: There is a need for international pharmacy programs to capitalize upon the unique skills of clinical pharmacists to improve public health. During this specific residency for example, the skills learned can be applied not only to HIV in Africa but to other disease states in any low-income community.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe an international post-graduate residency experience for US-trained pharmacists.

Keywords: Pharmacists, Public Health Education and Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a post-graduate pharmacy resident doing her second year of specialization as a HIV specialist. I went to Southern Africa for 6 months during this residency.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.