Service learning for pharmacy students: experience of a home-grown community engagement elective unit

Tahir M. Khan, Sabrina A. Jacob

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Abstract

Service learning has been shown to benefit both students in the healthcare profession and the communities they serve, by equipping students with skills that enable them to identify and meet the needs of these communities. The current paper addresses the planning and design of an elective community engagement unit in an undergraduate pharmacy program and also highlights some of the students’ experiences with this program as well as the skills gained through this engagement. This community engagement unit was found to be an effective way of implementing the concept of service learning among pharmacy students at Monash University Malaysia. The tasks and assessments incorporated in this unit have not only provided the chance for students to improve their communication skills but have also enabled them to develop empathy and leadership abilities, which are valuable lifelong skills for a pharmacy graduate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-317
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • community engagement unit
  • Monash University Malaysia
  • service learning
  • pharmacy students
  • students experience

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