Pharmacy Education in Emerging Health Care Systems
Clinical Training in the United Arab Emirates
Keywords:clinical training, policy borrowing, policy coupling
Fundamental global shifts in the professional scope of pharmacy practice have altered the pharmacists’ role from “drug-centered” to “patient-centered”. This shift has important implications for how pharmacy education is provided around the world, and has necessitated a significant increase in clinical training (CT). Canada and the United States have both added emphasis on CT in their pharmacy education programs, and their CT models have become a global model of good practice for educating future pharmacists. I want to answer important implementation-related questions: How have new pharmacists’ clinical training policies been implemented in the UAE? What are the major challenges, barriers to effective implementation? I will examine the UAE as a case study of policy borrowing, and will draw on the concept of decoupling, which examines the implementation and gap between policy and practice. I will use a case study approach to understand the power relations between the main actors influencing CT in the UAE.
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