The International clinical pharmacy rotation as a part of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) courses is designed to provide pharmacy students experience, knowledge, and skills in several healthcare settings in Nagasaki, Japan. Nagasaki is located in the southern part of Japan and is known as its unique history, including the nuclear attack during the World War II with the bomb that was created and tested in New Mexico. Although Nagasaki is surrounded by the ocean and New Mexico is in the high desert, the two areas share a similar problem with limited access to healthcare in rural areas. Pharmacists have different roles in the Japanese healthcare system compared to the Unites States. However, in Japan, pharmacists in rural healthcare have been advanced to address the limited access. In these areas, healthcare teams are interdisciplinary and include a pharmacist, physician, nurse, and case coordinator. Each member of the team plays a significant role in improving patient’s access to care, improving healthcare outcomes, and increasing patient’s safety. UNM students will learn about the organization of Japanese pharmacies and their unique dispensing skills of pharmacists. This course will provide them insight into the pharmacists’ roles in different healthcare settings including an urban and a rural hospital, and a rural community pharmacy. In addition, students will learn about Kampo, the traditional Japanese herbal medicine. The experience in Nagasaki will give students opportunities not only to learn different healthcare systems but also will provide them with an approach to improve rural healthcare in New Mexico as well as identify new roles for pharmacist in rural health care.
Takeda, Mikiko; Tracy Hunter; Joe Anderson; Barry Bleske; and Donald Godwin. "Development of Clinical Pharmacy Rotation in Japan." (2023). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hsc_ed_day/133
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