D9 - Sharing experience across borders: Training programmes


Organised by the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section in collaboration with the FIP Hospital Pharmacy Section


Kari Franson (Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado, USA) and Agathe Wehrli (FIP Pharmabridge, Switzerland)


Across the world, there is considerable variability in educational and healthcare practices. Sharing information and experience about pharmacy education and clinical pharmacy services around the globe will provide opportunities to advance clinical practice worldwide. International pharmacy practitioner training programmes, such as Pharmabridge, are an excellent opportunity to facilitate this sharing of information and experience. Training programmes like these allow participants to take new practices back to their home institutions as well as provide insights to the host institutions.


  1. Overview of the Pharmabridge
    Kari Franson (University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, USA)
  2. Active learning session — Group discussion
    • Discuss the needs the programme fulfils
    • Discuss the benefits of the programme — for host and participant

    Facilitated by Kari Franson and Agathe Wehrli

  3. Examples of programme structures from various host institutions and a description of participant experiences
    Ina Donat (Robert Gordon University – RGU, Scotland)
    Ken Schafermeyer (International Programs, St Louis College of Pharmacy, USA)
  1. Best practices and lessons learnt
    • Before commitment
    • Before arrival
    • During visit
    • Follow up

    Chinenye Ifeoma Onodugo (University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Nigeria)
    Sreedharan Nair (Department of Pharmacy Practice, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, India)

  2. Active learning session to explore and discuss challenges and obstacles
    Facilitated by Kari Franson and Agathe Wehrli
  3. Panel questions, answers and conclusions
    Agathe Wehrli (FIP Pharmabridge, Switzerland)

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe benefits of Pharmabridge;
  2. Identify best practices for hosting international pharmacists through Pharmabridge;
  3. Describe benefits and opportunities for continuing collaboration between visiting learners and host sites.

Type of session: Knowledge-based