The Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) held its 2nd Annual one day Scientific Symposium at the University of Lagos, Akoka as part of the Pharmacy Week which held in Lagos recently.
Tagged “Pharmacy Education & Research: A Key to Good Pharmacy Practice”, Pharm. Lere Baale CEO, Business School Netherlands, took the key note address which addressed certain issues pertaining the link between the Pharmacists in Academia and the Pharmacists in practice. He said that Pharmacy Lecturers could also be involved in Community Pharmacy, but added a clause: “I did not really mean that lecturers should go and register pharmacy shops, What I meant is that as a pharmacist you should practice but NAFDAC should make a special prerequisite before they give you your annual registration licence in that you must have met a minimum of 1,000 hours in community, retail or hospital practice i.e. outside pharmacy lecturing. This is needed for effective and productive professional practice. Also, there is a need to interact with the patient, which is also key”, he said.
Speaking to the Students he said, quoting from a Chinese philosopher Confucius which says “What I hear, I easily forget, what I do I understand better and what I teach I master”.
He further explained that as a pharmacist in the making, “you have to invest in self-improvement, learn from cradle to grave, a reader would always become a leader. For you to transfer knowledge, you have to engage your 6 senses. Keep reading, keep watching, what you read, hear and see for what you read hear and see is what you become.
He concluded by saying writing Exam is not the best way to evaluate one but the best way he suggest to schools in the future is for students to spend a minimum of at least 1,000 hours in practice, then come back to write how they can put whatever they learn into their profession.