Exploring pharmacy interns’ and clinical educators’ experience of University Intern Programmes

Brigid McInerney, Angelina S. Lim, Gina Arora, Kay Stewart, Kirsten Galbraith, Michelle Vienet

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Background: The Intern Foundation Programme (IFP) is an innovative new programme for pharmacy interns designed to recognise, support and enhance workplace learning, and is completed alongside the Intern Training Programme (ITP). The IFP integrates academic theory into application in the workplace through university-workplace partnerships and involves credentialing of Clinical Educators (CEs) based on fulfilling their role as a CE as well as the completion of formalised training.

Objectives: To explore pharmacy interns’ and clinical educators’ experience of the University Intern Programmes, the ITP and IFP.Methodology: All CEs and interns involved in the first year of the IFP in 2016 were invited to participate in two separate one hour focus groups in June 2017 to discuss their experience. Both focus groups were moderated by an external staff member not associated with either intern programme, who had experience in qualitative research.

Results: A total of 6 CEs and 7 interns attended the focus groups. Both groups reported that the IFP complemented the ITP and enabled more structured supervision. The workplace learning plan and standardised rubrics/checklists assisted with more consistent training for CEs and feedback for interns. Interns particularly valued the opportunity to undertake a research project as part of the IFP curriculum and felt this aspect of the IFP contributed to up-skilling them in preparation for practice, and enhanced their learning.

Discussion: CEs and interns expressed both intern programmes to be manageable and the addition of the IFP to be valuable as part of improving intern development.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Life Long Learning in Pharmacy Conference, 2018 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 6 Jul 20189 Jul 2018
Conference number: 12th
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ConferenceInternational Life Long Learning in Pharmacy Conference, 2018
Abbreviated titleLLLP 2018
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