Alignment of CanMEDS-based Undergraduate and Postgraduate Pharmacy Curricula in The Netherlands

Koster, A. S., Mantel-Teeuwisse, A. K., Woerdenbag, H. J., Mulder, W. M. C., Wilffert, B., Schalekamp, T., Buurma, H., Wilting, I. & Westein, M. P. D., 10-Jul-2020, In : Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland). 8, 3, 117.

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In this article the design of three master programs (MSc in Pharmacy) and two postgraduate specialization programs for community or hospital pharmacist is described. After a preceding BSc in Pharmacy, these programs cover the full pharmacy education capacity for pharmacists in primary and secondary health care in the Netherlands. All programs use the CanMEDS framework, adapted to pharmacy education and specialization, which facilitates the horizontal integration of pharmacists' professional development with other health care professions in the country. Moreover, it is illustrated that crossing the boundary from formal (university) education to experiential (workplace) education is eased by a gradual change in time spent in these two educational environments and by the use of comparable monitoring, feedback, and authentic assessment instruments. A reflection on the curricula, based on the principles of the Integrative Pedagogy Model and the Self-determination Theory, suggests that the alignment of these educational programs facilitates the development of professional expertise and professional identity of Dutch pharmacists.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117
JournalPharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 10-Jul-2020

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