Around the Globe
This spring six students spent two weeks in Portugal as part of an elective course to identify best practices both there and in the U.S. to improve pharmacy practice and patient care.
Prior to the course, the students learned about pharmacy regulations, associations, advocacy, and independent community settings in Minnesota and the United States so that they could compare and contrast with the systems in Portugal.
During their time in Portugal, the group visited numerous community pharmacies, a pharmaceutical company, a clinical laboratory, an oncology hospital and a cooperative wholesaling company. They also visited with Portuguese pharmacy students at the University of Lisbon, and met with representatives from the National Association of Pharmacies, the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society, and Apifarma, an association that unifies pharmaceutical companies in Portugal.
The students who participated in the elective were Vu Ha, Esther Onwonga, Tyler Rother, Aimee Skrei, Robert Wolff and Cameron Zhao. Jason Varin served as course coordinator.