The Anatomical Society core anatomy syllabus for pharmacists: outcomes to create a foundation for practice

Gabrielle M. Finn, Geeta Hitch, Buge Apampa, Catherine M. Hennessy, Claire Smith, Jane Stewart, Paul Gard

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The Anatomical Society has developed a series of learning outcomes that ‘experts’ within the field wouldrecommend as core knowledge outputs for a Master’s Degree Programme in Pharmacy (MPharm) within the UK. Using the Anatomical Society core gross anatomy syllabus for medical anatomy as a foundation, a modified Delphi technique was used to develop outcomes specific to pharmacy graduates. A Delphi panel consisting of medical practitioners, pharmacists and anatomists (n = 39) was created and involved ‘experts’ representing 20 UK Higher Education Institutions. The output from this study was 49 pharmacy-specific learning outcomes that are applicable to all pharmacy programmes. The new MPharm anatomy syllabus offers a basic anatomical framework upon which pharmacy educators can build the necessary clinical practice and knowledge. These learning outcomes could be used to develop anatomy teaching within an integrated curriculum as perrequirements of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-738
JournalJournal of Anatomy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2018

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