Preservice Curriculum Reform on Pharmaceutical Supply Management at the Hanoi University of Pharmacy: Technical Assistance for Curriculum Review and Competency Assessment
(2012; 50 pages)

Joshi, M. 2012. Preservice Curriculum Reform on Pharmaceutical Supply Management at the Hanoi University of Pharmacy: Technical Assistance for Curriculum Review and Competency Assessment. Submitted to the US Agency for International Development by the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.

Abstract

Preservice curriculum reform followed by sound implementation is a cost-effective and sustainable intervention that leads to broader health system strengthening. Effective preservice training reduces the need for future large-scale and expensive in-service trainings. The Hanoi University of Pharmacy (HUP) in Vietnam is currently reforming their preservice curriculum on pharmaceutical supply management (PSM), which is an important pharmacy-related task. The US Agency for International Development-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program is currently providing technical assistance to the University in this reform initiative.

A systematic process is being adopted to ensure that the resulting curriculum is tailored to suit Vietnam’s specific needs. Major steps in the process include (1) mapping the existing gaps and the required competencies; (2) developing a draft of the curriculum including the topic areas, instructional plans, and content summaries; and (3) finalizing the draft of the curriculum through a wide review and consultative process. This technical report describes the progress made so far, including the in-country technical assistance visit made by a SIAPS technical staff member in March 2012. During the in-country visit, the SIAPS staff member worked closely with HUP stakeholders to review the existing curriculum and assess expected competencies relating to PSM using a questionnaire survey tool and discussions with local stakeholders. The assessment’s findings were used to develop a curriculum outline that was agreed by HUP along with time allocations for both undergraduate and postgraduate training. The report also lists the next steps in the curriculum development process.

 
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