Experiences and perceptions of pharmacy students on practical skills and education during clinical rotations in India

Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula, Deepak Kumar Bandari, Sudhir Kumar Gogikar, Asim Ahmed Elnour, Abdulla Shehab

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Objective. To investigate the overall experience of pharmacy students in India during their clinical rotations and their assessment of primary mentors in imparting the intended clinical skills. Methods. A prospective cross-sectional study using a self-administered survey instrument containing 34 items to obtain feedback from senior PharmD students in the latter three years of their six-year program from November 2014 to February 2015. Results. Of the 415 PharmD students invited for this survey, 261(63% response rate) completed the survey (54% males and 46% females). Of the surveyed participants, 74% were fifth- and final-year interns undertaking clinical training in private hospitals (60.9%). Interestingly, 37.9% of the students ranked their clinical training as “least satisfactory” and remarked that their clinical pharmacy services were not recognized or appreciated in their respective hospitals (42.9%). However, 20% of the students expressed that their site “definitely” provided them with the opportunity to hone clinical pharmacy skills. Only 10% of the students strongly agreed that their mentors encouraged them to use resource materials and learn on their own, met with them regularly to review their work and to provide feedback, and encouraged them to express their opinion in patient-care issues. Conclusion. Majority of PharmD students who completed the survey were “least satisfied” with their clinical training program. Mentors should take more effort to demonstrate practice-based clinical training and provide patient-centered education to PharmD students at their clinical sites.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Clinical skills
  • Doctor of pharmacy
  • Mentors
  • Pharmacy education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics


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