Hello to all who were at the pharmacy education conference in Prato last week. Great to meet so many like-minded people! I wanted to write and let you know about a new resource to help pharmacy students with their study skills. Filled with practical help and guidance from a team of experienced pharmacists, Successful Learning in Pharmacy is an easy-to-read book addressing all the skills pharmacy students will need early in their career! The book contains 12 chapters, which include Pharmacy-related examples and case studies throughout demonstrating the practical relevance of the skills being discussed.
Successful Learning in Pharmacy: Developing study and communication skills
Parastou Donyai, Daniel Grant, and Nilesh Patel
1: Learning to learn at university
2: Learning from lectures
3: Learning in the laboratory
4: Finding and understanding information
5: Writing good essays
6: Perfecting verbal in-course assessments
7: Applying critical thinking and critical writing
8: Preparing for and sitting exams
9: Working with others
10: Undertaking practice placements and reflection on practice
11: Understanding evidence-based practice
12: Continuing professional development
I have co-authored the book with two colleagues and between us we have over half a Century of experience teaching pharmacy students! We are: Parastou Donyai, Director of Pharmacy Practice, Reading School of Pharmacy, Daniel Grant, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Education, Reading School of Pharmacy, and Nilesh Patel, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Reading School of Pharmacy.
• Dr Parastou Donyai is Associate Professor of Social and Cognitive Pharmacy and Director of Pharmacy Practice at the Reading School of Pharmacy. A pharmacist with a PhD in Pharmacy, Dr Parastou Donyai also has a Degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Research Methods. Her research examines the psychology of medication usage and discontinuation and decision-making processes.
• Dan Grant is Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Education at Reading School of Pharmacy. A hospital pharmacist by background, Dan has wide ranging experience of supporting and developing learners in the workplace and in Higher Education, from pharmacy technicians and undergraduate pharmacy students, to pre-registration pharmacist trainees and pharmacists undertaking post-registration clinical training.
• Dr Nilesh Patel is Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the Reading School of Pharmacy. A pharmacist with a PhD in Pharmacy, Dr Nilesh Patel has worked across several disciplines within Pharmacy giving him a unique overview of science into practice. His research encompasses clinical pharmaceutics, which is the application of science into practice and vice versa.
Connecting with your pharmacy education colleagues around the world just got very much easier with the release of the new PharmAcademy.
PharmAcademy, the site dedicated to pharmacy education, has undergone a major transformation. In a complete rebuild, the site is now much more like a social network. Think of it as a combination of the best parts of Facebook and LinkedIn, but dedicated to pharmacy educators. It is now so much easier to share your stories, connect with colleagues, find teaching resources (and share them) and set up your own groups. Here is a rundown of the new features:
PharmAcademy now behaves much more like the social networking tools you are familiar with. If you use Facebook or LinkedIn then you will find the new PharmAcademy very familiar. You can now easily make posts, see stories, news and updates on your personal feed and connect with others by private messaging. You can also like, share and comment on just about any item of content.
Pharmacy Education Glossary
We are calling this the ‘Pharmacy Rosetta Stone’. We have created a glossary tool that demystifies the different terminology that we all use globally. For example, you say ‘self-care’ products, I say ‘over-thecounter’ products. The glossary will contain many of the clinical and educational words and phrases, along with their definitions, that are commonly used in the world of pharmacy education. It will be available as a reference for novices and those seeking alternative phrases and also as a source of synonyms for tagging content.
We now have a tool that pulls together all of the conferences, meetings, symposia, journal deadlines and other important dates in our calendar. You can register your interest in events and receive reminders and notifications for important dates like abstract submission deadlines. You can also add your own events to the calendar, either for personal use or to share with the PharmAcademy community.
People matching utility
This is a powerful tool for finding collaborators and partners through mutual interests. You can see who you are potentially linked to by your profile preferences and make contact with people that share your interests.
Simply go to pharmacademy.org in any browser. As a Symposium delegate, you should already have an account and will have received an email allowing you to activate your new account. If you are an existing PharmAcademy member, your username and password will be the same. If you have any queries about access, membership or any other aspect of PharmAcademy, contact Keith Sewell, firstname.lastname@example.org.