OKADAI model as disaster medicine education in pharmacy education: Mission and road map of the school of pharmacy

Yoshinori Moriyama

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Abstract

The Division of Emergency Pharmacy was established at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Okayama University in 2011. Pharmacists employed by the University Hospital have been assigned to serve as clinical faculty; some of them had been sent as members of medical support teams to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. After the intra-school debrief session by the dispatched faculty in April 2011, both instructors and students recognized the importance of the role of pharmacists in emergency medicine. Although Japan suffers from natural disasters often, pharmacists have not always had the chance to be involved in emergency medicine. As such, in line with the mission of the School, "emergency pharmacy" must be established not only as a subject in pharmacy education but also as an academic category in itself. The Science Council of Japan proposed the social role of a professional pharmacists and its contribution to the quality of medicine. Thus, the establishment of "emergency pharmacy" will realize higher quality of medical services as well as the broader function of pharmacists. The disaster offered the chance to encourage further discussion of what and how pharmacy education should be in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-18
Number of pages2
JournalYakugaku Zasshi
Volume134
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 9 2014

Keywords

  • Disaster medicine
  • Emergency pharmacy
  • Pharmacy education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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