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INTEGRATED ACADEMIC STUDIES
- Master of Pharmacy
 

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Structure of the study programme

         The goal of the study programme INTEGRATED ACADEMIC PHARMACY STUDIES is to form, competent graduate pharmacists, who will be able to do individually the complex tasks that require high education in the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory bodies and the system of health care.

         The studies are integrated and academic (they include the academic studies of the 1st and 2nd grade); graduate students gain the titleof a Master of Pharmacy.

         The candidates can be enrolled in this study programme when they finish a grammar school or high school specialized in health, and if they pass the entrance examinations in mathematics and chemistry.

         Studies last for 5 years l, that is, 10 semesters. Every year has 60 ECTS, which means that graduate students acquire 300 ECTS. Doctoral dissertation is done in the 10th semester and it has 6 ECTS. Students must attend and pass 38 obligatory and 10 elective courses , as well as the final exam.

         The methods of teaching performance are: lectures, laboratory sessions , seminars, problem- oriented lectures and project-oriented lectures. Students from the integrated academic studies of pharmacy at other universities can transfer to this study programme, if the study programmes coincide in more than 80% of contents.

 

Aim of the study programme

         The aim of this study programme is education of the graduate pharmacists, that is,.Masters of pharmacy, who are trained for the individual work at jobs requiring high education in the pharmaceutical industry, health system, regulatory bodies and educational institutions.

         Masters of pharmacy will be able to work on the development of new drugs (including preclinical and clinical drug examinations), in the production of drugs, , quality control of drugs, supplies, storage and dispensing of drugs, on , pharmaceutical care of patients and researches in the field of pharmacy.

 

Goals of the study programme

         The general goal is training students to do individually the activities related to design, production, evaluation† of the quality and drugs usage. Graduatestudents will know the structure† of† drugs in details, their chemical and physical characteristics, their production and use, as well as the methods of examining the purity and strength of the drugs. Besides, the study programme will enable the graduate students to understand how the drugs affect human organism, what is their destiny in the organism and how the drugs can be used in the† most rational way for diagnostics, prevention and treatment† of the disease.

         Specific goals are:

  • Providing deeply rooted knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, biology and physics which can be used in pharmacy
  • Training graduate students to use these principles for solving specific problems in pharmacy
  • Providing the acquisition of the specific skills for the experimental design and analyses of the experimental data
  • Promoting the understanding of a pharmaceutical profession as a discipline oriented towards patients, and handling the role of a pharmacist inthe system of health care and the pharmaceutical industry†
  • stimulating development of the communication skills with patients and the ability to use modern information technology for the benefit of patients
  • developing the ability to work individually and in a group†
  • encouraging and stimulating specialized and scientific curiosity and enthusiasm for acquiring new knowledge, which will† be a solid basis for permanent learning and professional development

 

Description of the general and course -specific competences of the students

         General abilities

  • analysis, synthesis and prediction of the solution and consequences of the drug interaction† with a live organism;
  • handling the methods, procedures and processes of the research in the field† of pharmacy;
  • acquiring the critical approach of ďPharmacy based on evidenceĒ;
  • practical use of the knowledge about drugs and diseases;
  • handling the communication skills with patients and colleagues;
  • adopting the ethical principles of pre-clinical and clinical examinations of drugs.

         Course -specific abilities

  • thorough knowledge of the basic and applied† disciplines in pharmacy;
  • adopting the scientific methods of design of pre-clinical and clinical examinations of drugs and solution of the concrete problems in treatment of† patients by the systematic and critical review† of the relevant literature;
  • integration of the basic and applied† knowledge in the functional whole.
  • reading and analysis of the specialized and scientific literature in the English language from the field of pharmacy;
  • use of data bases from the fields of medicine and pharmacy on the internet.
  • ability to solve practical problems in the field of pharmacy by using acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes.

 

Curriculum of the study programme


         The study programme is organized into semesters; there are 10 semesters in total, that is, 5 years of studying. All courses last for one semester. Every year of studying has two elective courses and 7-10 obligatory courses. Obligatory courses are the obligatory core of the study programme, while elective courses are organized into three special study modules, among which students can choose: a special study module PHARMACEUTICAL CARE, special study module RESEARCH IN PHARMACY and special study module PHARMACY based on EVIDENCE.

         The number of active classes is defined for every course, as well as the number of ECTS, according to the real demand of the students. Also, certain number of ECTS is given for the final work.

         The course contents of the study programme is based on the latest knowledge in some disciplines, so that it is oriented towards a patient as the center of interest of theoryand practical pharmacy.

         The curriculum provides the type of evaluation according to the actual law on high education: at least 30% of the mark is accomplished by pre-examination activities. Also, the new methods of teaching are provided: problem-oriented lectures, project-oriented lectures and smallgroup work.

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Quality, contemporaneity and international coordination of the study programme


        The study programme of the integrated academic studies of pharmacy is based on the model of the programme of the pharmaceutical faculty of the University of Nottingham, which has been at the top of the rank order for a couple of years among the pharmaceutical faculties in Great Britain (according to the results of its graduate students concerning the testing of knowledge and skills during licensing).

        Special quality of the study programme in Kragujevac is orientation towards the pharmaceutical health protection and patient, as the center of the health system. In the majority of developed countries of Europe and North America, a pharmacist has already become the member of the health team which takes care of patients; just a couple of years ago, pharmacists were authorized in Great Britain to prescribe a number of drugs and to adjust the therapy of chronic patients according to the values of biological parameters (eg, according to the level of the arterial blood pressure, level of glycemia, INR in patients on the anticoagulant therapyÖ).

        The study programme of the integrated academic studies of pharmacy at the university in Kragujevac contains many courses that prepare students for the work with patients in the health system Ė from the communication skills and advising the patients to the analysis of their health condition and choice of the optimal therapy according to the principles of pharmacy based on evidence.

        Respecting the trend towards the rising health orientation of the pharmacists, the European association of pharmacy students has brought its declaration where they invite all pharmaceutical faculties in Europe to reform their curriculum and introduce more clinically-oriented courses . The curriculum of this study programme is totally in accordance with the references of the European association of pharmacy students.

 

Enrollment of the students


         Students who finished grammar school or four-year medical high school or secondary school of veterinary medicine can apply to the study programme of the integrated pharmacy studies, and they should have a certification about the health condition, and take a position at the rank list within the number of students approved by the Government of Serbia for enrollment in the first year.

         Candidates take tests in chemistry and mathematics at the entrance examination. After the entrance examination is taken, the rank list of the candidates is formed, according to the number of acquired points; the candidate can acquire 40 points at the most on the basis of success in the previous schooling and according to the success at the entrance examination, the maximum of 60 points.

 

Evaluation and advancement of students


          Since the beginning of work of the study programme of the integrated academic studies of pharmacy, the evaluation of students is based according to the points acquired in fulfilling the pre-examination obligations and by passing exams. The presence of students at all types of the lectures is recorded; during a semester, a student can be absent no more than 2 weeks.

          During the teaching process, all activities of students are evaluated, including answers to the questions of the professors, spontaneous participation in a discussion, the workout of seminar papers and projects, solution of clinical problems, presentation of the results of their researches etc. Marks are recorded in students charts, and according to them, the number of points that the students gain are counted at the end of the semester.

          Thanks to the constant work with the students, passing grades of the students at exams are very high (over 90%), and the average marks vary between 8.14 in the first year to 8.31 in the second year of studies. Even 90% of students have acquired all 60 ECTS points after the first year.