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School of Pharmacy Participation in the 4th Regional Pharmacy Faculty Development Workshop

The LIU School of Pharmacy participated for the 4th year in the Regional Pharmacy Faculty Development Workshop on “TAKING YOUR EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL”, organized by the American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), in partnership with Al Ain University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi. The SoPh experiential education team was headed by the dean Prof. Mohamad Rahal, and included Dr. Fouad Sakr, chairperson of PharmD Program; Dr. Marwan Akel, chairperson of Pharmacy Practice Department; and Dr. Nisreen Mourad, coordinator of the Pharmacy Practice Experience Part I.

The 3-day workshop included different sessions of presentations and team-time discussions that addressed different aspects of the experiential education program. The LIU team had a distinguished contribution during the plenary sessions that tackled the experiential education program strategic approach, curriculum and assessment, preceptors’ development and motivation, as well as quality assurance. Those sessions went in-depth about the experiential education challenges, program design, goals, outcomes, strategic planning, emotional intelligence, role of preceptors, and different activities. Moreover, the workshop had great discussions about preceptor attributes, teaching behaviors, preceptor excellence, preceptor development, training programs, quality assurance programs and outcomes, as well as the rotations review process. Similarly, our team joined with colleagues from other regional universities during different team-time sessions to share experiences about different activities that included but not limited to entrustable professional activities, creating a comprehensive preceptor development program, self-assessment exercises, and identifying strategic initiatives. During these sessions, our team presented a poster about the impact of the previous workshop on the LIU preceptors’, which was highly recognized and acknowledged by the workshop organizers and the attendees.
In the closure, the organizers spoke highly about the great contribution of our school year after year; and thanked the dean for the continuous support and for being a partner in the organization of these workshops.