Education plays an extremely important role in preparing pharmacy students for practice and other professional activities. It serves to ensure adequate and appropriate competence, knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour required of pharmacists in order to contribute to communities and health systems in the best possible ways. It is the foundation of nurturing the 7+1 star pharmacist as recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
The 7 roles of the pharmacist are: caregiver, decision-maker, communicator, manager, life-long learner, teacher and leader, with the added function of the pharmacist as a researcher.
IPSF is committed to ensuring quality pharmacy education. It is IPSF’s stand that students are an important stakeholder of the profession, and thus should be involved in and contribute towards the development and presentation of their education and profession. The Federation strives to provide pharmacy students around the globe with avenues to broaden their knowledge base and encourages member associations to be proactive in improving pharmacy education.
IPSF’s involvement and initiatives in the field of pharmacy education include:
- Research and global collaborations
- Educational events
- Representation (Events and Networks)
- Educational publications