Background Pharmacists in a Clinical Centre in Serbia are involved in various educational programmes for pharmacy students.
Purpose To evaluate how much information pharmacy students had about the activities of pharmacists in hospitals.
Materials and Methods A survey containing 32 questions has been conducted among the 58 students of both genders, varying interests and academic achievement in the final year of study. 75% of questions were multiple-choice and the rest were related to specific cases; opinions and suggestions were requested as well.
Results 35 of the 58 respondents thought that pharmacists didn’t participate in public procurement and 22 thought that pharmacists didn’t participate in the supply of medical devices. 39 thought that a pharmacist made a decision on the use of the appropriate drug from a particular pharmacotherapy group, 46 thought that the hospital pharmacist decided on the posology of the appropriate drug, while 56 thought that pharmacists were regularly consulted by the medical staff on the dissolution of certain medicines (antibiotics and cytostatics). The same number also had an opinion that pharmacists were always consulted about drug interactions. 64% of students believed that they had sufficient knowledge of chemistry, pharmaceutical technology and pharmacotherapy, but insufficient knowledge in certain medical areas – anatomy, pathology and physiology. 78% of students thought that basics of hospital pharmacy should be introduced as an optional subject during undergraduate studies or there should be appropriate specialisation in this field after graduation.
Conclusions More than half of the students were not sufficiently informed about hospital pharmacy, but they were eager to learn things that would help them in their future practise. It suggests that fellow practitioners should be actively engaged in continuing education programmes for students, and developing better cooperation with the faculty of pharmacy in order to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of hospital pharmacy.
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