Pharmacy Education Across Borders
On February 25, 2014, 2nd year U of S pharmacy students participated in a very unique experience – they attended class with pharmacy students in Qatar University without being in the same room. Professors Jeff Taylor (U of S) and Kyle Wilby (Qatar University) teamed up to co-deliver a practice session on smoking cessation for students in Saskatoon and Doha. This is the first pharmacy encounter between the two universities, with the Saskatoon session held in the newly opened Apotex Pharmacy Professional Practice Centre (Health Sciences Building) and the Doha session held in the College of Pharmacy on the Women’s campus at Qatar University.
“While there was about a 50oC swing in temperatures between the two sites, it was fascinating to see the similarities – students in both locations finding similar problems and solutions to patients trying to quit smoking,” said Dr. Taylor.
“It was a pleasure for Qatar to participate in this event, which will undoubtedly lead to better understanding and competency when interacting with patients and healthcare professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds. A true innovation in pharmacy education that both schools can be proud of!” said Dr. Wilby.
This co-delivered event, with approximately 7,000 miles between lecture spaces, helps students learn and share with their colleagues across the world.