Facilitating and recognising practice research by intern pharmacists

Brigid McInerney, Kirsten Galbraith, Michelle Vienet, Angelina S. Lim

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Background: The National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2016 (PSA, 2016) describes the expectation that all registered pharmacists participate in research. The Monash University Intern Foundation Programme (IFP) includes a requirement for interns to undertake a research or case based project with a view to enhance research skills in foundation practice.

Objectives: To describe how the Monash University IFP supports intern pharmacists to participate in practice research.

Methodology: As part of the IFP curriculum, interns undertake research skills training including: online research modules, test your learning questions, project topic and proposal submissions, and a poster presentation with a two-three minute oral presentation. Supervision and guidance is provided regularly by IFP staff at site visits and remotely, in addition to support they receive from their work based Clinical Educator. Interns are encouraged and supported to submit their work to professional conferences and for publication. Interns were asked to provide written feedback on various aspects of the programme, including the project specifically.

Results: Over 2016-2017, 103 interns successfully completed a project in IFP. In 2016, 89% of interns ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that the IFP helped them develop their research skills. In 2017, this figure rose to 96%. In 2016 and 2017 respectively, 83% and 100% of IFP interns found the IFP project assessment ‘useful’ or ‘very useful’ for enhancing their learning.

Discussion: Strategies implemented by Monash University IFP to facilitate and recognise practice research by intern pharmacists has been well received and assisted interns to develop research skills for ongoing practice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventLife Long Learning in Pharmacy 2018 -
Duration: 6 Jul 2018 → …


ConferenceLife Long Learning in Pharmacy 2018
Period6/07/18 → …

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