Evaluation of a new educational workplace-based program for provisionally registered pharmacists in Australia

Angelina Lim, Gina Arora, Brigid McInerney, Michelle Vienet, Kay Stewart, Kirstie Galbraith

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Objective: The Intern Foundation Program (IFP) is an innovative new program for intern pharmacists (provisionally registered pharmacists) that integrates academic theory with structured workplace learning and regular feedback, incorporates research training, and streamlines training of clinical educators (CEs). The aim of this research was to evaluate aspects of the IFP from the perspectives of both CEs and interns, gauging opinion about the impact on workload, structured workplace learning, addition of research training, CE-student relationships, CE standardized training, and intern transition to practice. Methods: Two focus groups were conducted to explore CE (N = 6) and pharmacy intern (N = 7) perspectives of the IFP. A topic guide was constructed to address the research aims. Thematic analysis was undertaken by two team members independently then in discussion. Results: Both the CE and intern groups reported that the IFP enabled more structured supervision and fostered a better intern-CE relationship with beneficial support from the university. IFP standardized rubrics and checklists used as part of workplace learning assisted with more consistent feedback for interns and training approaches for CEs alongside CE training. Participants also reported that undertaking a research project provided them with enhanced learning and new skill development. Conclusions: Participants in the pilot agreed that the IFP is a valuable program, deemed complementary to the intern training program that assists intern transition to independent practice through implementation of a unique curriculum based largely on workplace learning, research training, fostering better CE-intern relationships, robust CE training, and close university-workplace support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1410-1416
Number of pages7
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Pharmacy education
  • Pharmacy internship
  • Preceptor
  • Residency
  • Workplace learning

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