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    Hello!
    First of all I want to congratulate you with your lovely site!
    I'm a pharmacy student from Belgium, Europe.
    I'm writing a paper about pharmacy-education over the world, the methodes, the way the lessons are given, pros and cons about the methods. I hope someone can tell me something about the way you learned the job. Maybe you know something about the subject, or you can tell me where to find it.
    Greetz from Belgium

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    Pharmacy

    Hi Kaatje,

    In England for a person to practice as a pharmacist they undertake a four or five year degree course. Once they have obtained that there is a requirement to register with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. This involves a years training under the supervision of a tutor pharmacist, were you demonstrate competancy within an number of areas. Following this you sit another exam, yes another, if you pass this you accquire the letters MRPharmS, and you can practice as a pharmacist.

    I hope that answers your question. Is it similar in Belgium?

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    • #3
      Re: pharmacy

      Originally posted by Kaatje
      Hello!
      First of all I want to congratulate you with your lovely site!
      I'm a pharmacy student from Belgium, Europe.
      I'm writing a paper about pharmacy-education over the world, the methodes, the way the lessons are given, pros and cons about the methods. I hope someone can tell me something about the way you learned the job. Maybe you know something about the subject, or you can tell me where to find it.
      Greetz from Belgium
      In the Netherlands, you take a three year Bachelor's in pharmaceutical science and subsequently a three year master's programme before you are a pharmacist. Of the last three years, you spend two in several pharmacies. If you want to continue for a hospital pharmacy registration, that's another four years.
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      • #4
        Thanks and welcome to all newcomers

        Kaatje

        Thank you very much for the compliments about the site. I hope you all find it useful and enjoyable.

        Hot topic describes the process of becoming a pharmacist in the UK very well, and if you need more specific advice just post. I personally have worked in retail, hospital and industrial pharmacy (all in the UK) so if I can be of help just ask.
        Lively debate is encouraged but please respect the opinions and feelings of others.
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        • #5
          Re: Pharmacy

          Originally posted by Hot topic

          I hope that answers your question. Is it similar in Belgium?

          Hot Topic
          First of all, thank you very much for replying.
          In Belgium, the system is now changing into the Bachelor/Master system, but I'm still in the old system. First two 'kandidaturen' and then three year 'proeven'.

          For my paper, I would like to get some information on how you got the lessons. Was it most of all ex cathedra, were there special discussion groups, did you need to take courses from the internet?
          My paper also handles about the use (pros and cons) about online discussion groups. I' m glad that it exists ;-). Do you know other pharmacy-related discussiongroups?

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          • #6
            Studying Pharmact and forums

            Kaatje

            On my course (Liverpool) we did all the usual subjects like chemistry, bio-chemistry, clinical pharmacy, physiology, microbiology, toxicology, pharmacy law and ethics, communication studies etc. At the end of each year we had to pass five exams (I think it was five). If we failed more then one exam we had to re-sit them all again. Failing just one meant you could re-sit it during the summer break.

            We did three or four practicals a week, and had to do a lot of presenting to the group. We also did a six week research project in the final year (dissertation). There were also tutorials and we used computer models, instead of some practical pharmacology. We had to pass course work throughout the year. We also had tutorials (small learning groups). We used a computer model a lot in learning pharmacy law.

            In the last year we had to specialise in retail, hospital or industrial pharmacy. There was also a choice of another subject. I picked pharmacology, but I can't remember the others!

            I would say it was a hard course. The amount of knowledge you needed to know to pass the exams was hugh. I personally think that the content was far too much for the job of a retail pharmacist, as I have forgotten 95% of what I learrned yet I am still considered to be a good pharmacist by most people I work with.

            I would personally down grade pharmacy to a lesser qualification. We have a HNC qualification here, which can be studied for part-time over two years. I think that would be enough to do a retail job. You could make it a degree for hospital and industrial pharnacists. Making pharmacy a HNC would also enable people like dispensers to study to become a pharmacist without them having to leave their job and go to university full time (for four years now).

            Quite a lot of people study post-graduate for a Masters degree or clinical diploma, which takes a further two or three years of study.

            Do you need more info?

            Hope this helps you
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            • #7
              Becoming a Pharmacist

              Can you study at night school to be a pharmacist?

              If you wanted to change to be say a Dr or dentist or even a vet, do they give you some time off the course because you are already highly educated?
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              • #8
                Re: Becoming a Pharmacist

                Originally posted by Paddy
                Can you study at night school to be a pharmacist?

                If you wanted to change to be say a Dr or dentist or even a vet, do they give you some time off the course because you are already highly educated?
                Hey! In my class there is someone who had studied something else before he wanted to become a pharmacist. He didn't have to take every class, but he is still in a lot of courses i think. Ok, he is highly educated but there's still a big difference between a pharmacist or eg a dentist.

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                • #9
                  Other Courses and Exemptions

                  I think on the courses in the UK like medicine, dentistry, etc you don't get any exemptions for having a degree in pharmacy.
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                  • #10
                    Pharmacy Education in Iran.

                    "I'm writing a paper about pharmacy-education over the world"
                    Well, I recently joined this forum and I enjoy using it as a Pharmacist. Here in Iran, we study Pharmacy for about 5.5- 6 years and soemtimes more depending on the thesis. However, we pass the training courses alogside other courses, training in the real pharmacies, in the hospital, industrial training. I like to discuss my problems as a Pharmacist educated in Iran with someone hoping to recieve some advices and information. Could anyone help me in this? I'll be thankfull.

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                    • #11
                      Pharmacy Education

                      Pari

                      What do you need to know?
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                      • #12
                        What I need to know

                        Dear Elaine
                        sometimes I wonder if I am qualified as a pharmacist according to the european system? But I have no measurements for that! and I don't know how to get the information... It's difficult to explaine for me. Maybe later on I can explaine better.
                        Thank you for your attention

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                        • #13
                          Changing countries

                          Pari

                          Why don't you contact the UK Pharmaceutical Society (easily found on a Google search). Ask them what you would need to do to try working in the UK.

                          I have a friend from Iran, so it is possible to work here if you want to.
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                          • #14
                            Pharmacy education in th EU

                            Hello Kaatje,
                            I studied Pharmacy in Brussels (ULB), worked for 7 years in Brussels pharmacies, then fell in love with a Welshman and finally decided to move to Britain 7 years ago and have been working here as a pharmacist since then, so if you want to know anything about the differences/similarities between the two countries, let me know!
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                            • #15
                              Pharmacy Education in IRAN(middle east)

                              here we start to study for 7 years which includes a middle exam(approximately all students can pass this level) after that we can work as a pharmacist in the pharmacy but in we want to continue for example as a clinical pharmacist we should pass a hard exam and study for about 4-5 years.

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