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Pharmacy Leadership and Management: A new high fidelity simulation to prepare students for their future practise

Boyd, Matthew; Solanki, Vibhu; Anderson, Claire; Sonnex, Kimberley; Brydges, Sarah


Associate Professor in Community Pharmacy Practice and Education

Sarah Brydges


Objective: To design and deliver a synoptic experiential learning experience drawing on leadership and management skills coupled with clinical problem solving in a high fidelity simulation. Our vision is to produce world leading pharmacists by providing them with diverse opportunities to demonstrate and expand their knowledge, skills and behaviours and prepare them for the changing healthcare landscape of the future.
Design: Pharmacy Leadership and Management (PLM) is based on the successful GIMMICS consortia blueprint. Development was informed by stakeholder events with local and national health commissioners, professionals, experts, patients and academic staff. Teams of six final-year students run their own primary care-based pharmacy business competing against four others over four blocks of three days through the year. Simulated patients and academics deliver approximately
180 acute scenarios over the module to each team, comprising face-to-face, telephone and email queries. Teams also have longer term challenges including development new services and tendering for contracts. The curriculum covers all areas of practice including communication with patients and professionals, business and people development, medicines supply, clinical practice, governance and patient safety and health promotion and public health.
Assessment: Assessment uses a multi-format approach of OSCE for skills, reflective portfolio for longer term and attitudinal attributes and an online assessment for knowledge based elements.
Conclusion: In this paper, we will present the development of this educational experience and describe our implementation and operationalisation of this highly complex module.


Boyd, M., Solanki, V., Anderson, C., Sonnex, K., & Brydges, S. (2017). Pharmacy Leadership and Management: A new high fidelity simulation to prepare students for their future practise.

Conference Name Monash Pharmacy Education Symposium 2017
End Date Jul 12, 2017
Acceptance Date May 15, 2017
Publication Date Jul 9, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 26, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Simulation, Practice, Teaching, Leadership, Management, Experiential Learning
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