Wegmans School of Pharmacy Establishes Experiential Education Collaboration in Saudi Arabia
In the spirit of global pharmacy education and collaboration, Dr. Asim Abu-Baker of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy's Office of Experiential Education, has established a relationship with the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
A leader in advanced clinical pharmacy services and post-graduate residency training in pharmacy, the KFSHRC is an 894-bed multi-facility tertiary care hospital and one of the leading healthcare institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Many of its clinical pharmacy staff are U.S. trained, which provides a great opportunity for collaboration. Dr. Abu-Baker had many visits to the facility, and participated in its patient care services in Ambulatory Care. During those visits, he conducted Pharmacotherapy Continuing Education sessions and development workshops on ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Residency Programs to medical staff, pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and students.
As a result, the relationship has grown to provide experiential education opportunities for WSoP students. So far, student Kerry-Ann Fuller has traveled to Riyadh and completed a six-week Adult Internal Medicine elective rotation at KFSH this past spring. Her experience included an intensive training in pharmacotherapeutic management of adult patients with common acute and chronic medical illnesses with Dr. Nathem Akhras. She also performed daily activities focused on developing skills related to assessment and drug therapy management of hospitalized patients in an internal medicine environment.
"This and other future global collaborations with institutions will introduce our students to challenging, high quality sites with the advantage of working in a diverse international community where they will have the opportunity to increase their awareness of their role as global citizens," said Dr. Abu-Baker.
During international experiential rotations, students will be exposed to a variety of learning opportunities and the challenge of contributing to health improvement in the particular global community where they are immersed. According to Dr. Abu-Baker, the initiative will support the WSoP's mission and vision of preparing pharmacists for lives of professional and civic integrity by pursuing excellence in experiential education through innovative practice sites and collaborations.