Nowadays, one of the ‘highlighted’ modes of student’s learning assessment is EXPERIENCE BASED LEARNING. The class lecture has not been strong enough to build up their competency if it is not supported by their applications in a real work. Especially for undergraduate program, such as diploma in pharmacy students, their experience base learning will give them more readiness, confidence and competency to combine their knowledge and skill had been studied at college and their mentality how to face the real patient with the different characters, backgrounds and cultures.
Diploma in Pharmacy Program, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Royal College of Medicine Perak, has been established as one of Malaysia nation assets to produce pharmacy assistant with a high quality. The curriculum was set as well as possible to provide student’s knowledge and practical skill focused on drug compounding, dispensing, and quality control. The learning duration is allocated for 3 years in course, 2 years at college and 1 year at hospital. During 1 year attachment, students will be exposed to the roles and responsibilities of pharmacist assistant in various units of pharmacy services. This includes the outpatient pharmacy, clinical pharmacy support services, store and manufacturing under close supervision of a local preceptor.
Yesterday was my 4th time; I became a supervisor for student’s hospital practice attachment. Previously, I supervised students at IPOH HOSPITAL, then 2ndly at PERLIS-ALOR STAR HOSPITAL, 3rdly was IPOH again, and my last posting was PENANG HOSPITAL. I don’t know why the committee of student’s practice posted me at Penang, but I thought PENANG was my destiny, my NEXT 2nd home in Malaysia after IPOH.
I left Ipoh by taxi at 8.oo morning and my goodness that no traffic jam delayed me to reach GEORGETOWN, the place of Penang Hospital where in. I arrived in hospital at 10.00 a.m. and go straightly looking for the PHARMACY UNIT. Not any difficulty to find out that unit and fortunately I met one of my students from Bostwana who had a break time in front of the unit office. After that, I went out to have a BRUNCH (Breakfast and Lunch) with one of my students.
Later, my student brought me to enter the pharmacy unit and found out a few of them was being busy with their activity. I found two of them manufacturing some extemporaneous preparation such us cream. They told me they were preparing Bethamethasone cream, one of external preparation which is used to relieve some allergic and inflammation symptoms. I was so happy to see their spirits to practice the knowledge they got from DRUG DELIEVERY SYSTEM subject.
At eleventh o’clock I met with the Head of Pharmacy unit, Pn. Noraini. We talked about 20 minutes to hear her comments about my student’s performance and I was so happy with her positive statements. She told me that my students performed as well either in knowledge and attitude. They were quite discipline, cooperative and willing to improve their abilities by themselves. I was not really surprised since I knew that some of them were the top students in their academic achievement.
Next agenda would be a meeting with the local preceptors. I asked some detail feedback from every unit they post my students. Overall, they gave good comments to our students even occasionally some students did a bit improper things but still could be excused. They quite understand since they are still a student and youngsters. Surprisingly, they gave a pretty good comment to my BOSTWANA’s students. Last time, I quite worried about them because this is our first time posting foreigner students with no MELAYU language background. But amazingly, they told me they were very comfortable with Bostwana’s performance, either their unique style, he..he, I love it so much. What a happy I am to hear that, means that they are serious to do this practice as we, as lecturer always reminds them to stress on.
The last agenda would be a talking point with all my students, they were Jonathan, Sharmila, Tee, Guan, Qiau Wei, Serene, Mee lai, Kristina, Vinita, Gunasheela, Tsepang, Nametsageng and Thatayaone. I gave a quiz for them to see their progress during hospital practice. After that, I announced some assignment they have to submit 2 weeks after the final exam timetable released by exam unit and thereafter, they started to give a comment about what they felt and achieved during their attachment.
Not really serious, overall gave a comment “so far so good , sir!!” but one interesting comment was “ not every theory they got in class, practically done in hospital”. Yup…I try to make them understand” Now, you have been known, that in fact, occasionally and frequently, you will find out imperfectly things that you never think before. This is life, and that’s human being that is nothing perfect. But one thing you have to set in your mind that please try the best you ever had, not just for money, because you are a public server that a social sense should be highlighted more than financial profits. Trust me, which a good service will impact to your good economy automatically as long as we are patient and struggling to do that.”
Last but not least was a photo sessions with all my students and one of local preceptor, and then I have to say GOOD BYE to them with the excited feeling I would report to the hospital practice coordinator at college. FROM PENANG with L.O.V.E , an island with exotic places, delicious foods, friendly people, inspire me that I have to be Low profile to fetch up my Opportunities with my Very high Expectations to be successful in the future.
Thank you for the welcoming, guyzzz …I am going to miss u all & see you at Ipoh on the final exam…byeeeeeee!!!!