Moving towards social accountability in pharmacy education: Exploring service-learning outcomes and opportunities with Cape Town community health forum representatives
Cwati, Vuyo Buhle Zamathole
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The University of the Western Cape (UWC), School of Pharmacy has embedded service-learning in the undergraduate curriculum in an attempt to align activities with the social accountability values. Third-year pharmacy students are expected to provide pharmaceutical services for a week per semester at local community healthcare centres located across the Cape Town Metropole region. This study explored the experiences, opinions, input, and challenges of the service-learning in Pharmacy (SLiP) program from local communities’ perspective. An objective of the study was to also elicit the community representatives’ recommendations for pharmacy curriculum re-design where student activities are directed towards addressing health concerns of the local communities.