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Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Students Participate in Global Health Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience in Uganda

Kristen Konosky, Amanda Fenstermacher and Elizabeth Cook, fourth-year students in the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, are participating in a Global Health Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience in Uganda. There they will learn about the healthcare challenges that affect Sub-Saharan Africa while experiencing Ugandan life and culture. KarenBeth Bohan, Wilkes associate professor of pharmacy, is leading the trip.

Bohan has received a Fulbright Specialist Grant in public/global health work for her work in Uganda with Makere University. She works with professors at the Ugandan university to develop clinical pharmacy skills, including patient counseling, making dosage recommendations, researching drug interactions and learning how to interact with and talk to health care providers.

The Wilkes pharmacy students will work with students and faculty at the Makerere University Department of Pharmacy and help teach a Pharmaceutical Care Skills course, which educates Ugandan pharmacy students on how to use drug information resources to solve drug therapy problems and communicate recommendations to patients and healthcare providers. The Ugandan students will then practice these skills in an experiential setting at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

This is Bohan’s seventh trip to Uganda and fourth trip with pharmacy students. An alum of the Wilkes pharmacy program and a pharmacy resident from a program in Indiana are also participating in the experience. The group will return to the United States in early May. During their trip, the students will be sharing their experiences on a blog that Bohan has maintained since 2011. You can follow their progress here or on Facebook