An interdisciplinary evaluation of pharmacy on a global medical mission trip

Kendra R. Manigault, C. Lea Bonner, Annesha White, William F. Bina, Fred S. Girton

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Abstract

Objectives: To assess the impact of working with student pharmacists on a global mission trip and examine the perceptions of undergraduate and graduate students with regard to student pharmacists’ participation.Methods: Medical, nursing, and pre-health undergraduate students who participated in an interdisciplinary medical mission trip to Honduras in 2014, 2015, and 2016 completed pre- and post-test surveys to assess study objectives. Results: Thirty-three (100%) students completed the surveys. Findings revealed non-pharmacy student awareness of pharmacy students’ ability to provide assistance with the international travel clinic improved (p<0.05). Non-pharmacy students strongly agreed that pharmacy students understood the difficulties and nuances of their role as a healthcare professional; enhanced patient care; and medication errors in dosing, potential drug interactions and side effects would be reduced with pharmacy student participation on teams (p<0.05). Conclusion: Inter-professional medical mission trips provide an opportunity for healthcare students to collaborate and understand the unique roles of healthcare team members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-92
Number of pages7
JournalPharmacy Education
Volume19
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Global Health
  • Inter-professional Education
  • Medical Missions
  • Pharmacy

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    Manigault, K. R., Bonner, C. L., White, A., Bina, W. F., & Girton, F. S. (2019). An interdisciplinary evaluation of pharmacy on a global medical mission trip. Pharmacy Education, 19(1), 86-92.