Ugandan Pharmacists Completing Summer Study With Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Faculty Member
Two Ugandan pharmacists are spending the summer at Wilkes University to complete an advanced pharmaceutical care experiential training program under the supervision of KarenBeth Bohan, associate professor of pharmacy practice in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.
Cathy Namulindwa and Gonsha Rehema are experienced pharmacists. Namulindwa teaches students at Makerere Univeristy and Rehema works with the pharmacy interns at Mulago Hospital. The pair are working with Bohan at her clinical practice site at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
The two women will be studying here through the first week of August. They are learning new skills to help assess the medication regimens of patients and make recommendations to a physician team if any drug therapy issues are encountered. They also are gaining experience evaluating the medical literature and using electronic drug databases to help them with clinical decision-making. The two women are getting a chance to improve their patient and healthcare provider communication skills. The pair will take their newly acquired knowledge back to Uganda and to help improve patient care and teach other pharmacists.
The Ugandan pharmacists’ experiences in the United States can be followed on Bohan’s blog about her African work, http://pharmacyclassintoafrica.com.
The visit is part of Bohan’s on-going work in Uganda. In 2014, Bohan was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in public/global health to work with Makerere University in Uganda. Under the grant, Bohan has worked with faculty in the African university’s pharmacy program to develop better curriculum for clinical training for pharmacy students. She also has developed training for pharmacists already working in hospitals.
The Fulbright Specialist Grants are designed to pair experts in a variety of fields with organizations and educational institutions to work on educational or administrative projects. The goal is that projects funded by the grants will be something that the sponsoring institution can continue after the consultant ends his or her work.