Enhancing and rewarding engagement within a multi-disciplinary Health foundation year: The "Pharm-First" program
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This paper details the implementation and educational impacts of the "Pharm- First" program - a series of workshops for first semester pharmacy students at Griffith University. In first year, this cohort enrols in foundation level biomedical science courses alongside students from a number of other health programs, and has little formal contact with pharmacy academics. The "Pharm-First" program was developed in response to survey data indicating that students were disengaged with their early learning and social environments. It comprised a series of workshop activities conducted fortnightly over semester one by Pharmacy academics and recent graduates. Content was directly aligned with the four foundation year courses and linked to specific topics in Pharmacy practice. Workshops also included activities that promoted professional development. The success of the program in enhancing orientation and engagement was indicated by a higher academic performance of students who regularly participated, and marked improvements in student survey responses.
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