Designing training for teaching environmental toxicology to specialized pharmacists.
Introduction The Toxicology Unit at the University of Alcalá (Spain) started to provide a novel short-term training course in environmental toxicology for pharmacists enrolled in the postgraduate specialty “Specialist in Industrial Pharmacy and Galenicals” in 2013-2014. This specialty is only available to state-board certified pharmacists considering enrolling in a specialized health training program. Objective The objective was to create a short, dynamic, and interactive highly specialized training workshop to introduce future professionals to the subject of environmental toxicology and public health. The success of this novel short training course and the interest of the students in environmental toxicology were also analyzed. Methods A specialized training workshop in environmental toxicology was developed for pharmacists who often have a limited knowledge of environmental health. The training workshop consisted of both theoretical and practical sessions. The practical exercise was highly dynamic and involved identifying potential human risks from pharmaceuticals and care products in water environments as well as the development of a protection and remediation strategy. Results Following successful training pharmacists demonstrated good understanding of the source-pathway-receptor model and were capable of tailoring strategies to protect human health and future generations. Conclusions The novel short training course was successful in developing postgraduate students’ knowledge of environmental toxicology by providing a practical introduction to environmental health. The methods described here may be used for designing longer training events or courses of environmental toxicology for pharmacists who wish to work in the industry.
Citation : Peña-Fernández A., González-Muñoz MJ., Peña M.A. (2015) Designing training for teaching environmental toxicology to specialied pharmacists. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 7 (6), pp. 864-868
Research Group : Infectious Disease Research Group
Research Institute : Leicester Institute for Pharmaceutical Innovation - From Molecules to Practice (LIPI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes