Differences in self and preceptor assessment of the competencies of pharmacy graduates

Thomas Paraidathathu, Mohammad Fauzee Abdul Hamid, Jamia Azdina Jamal, Norazrina Azmi, Siew Siang Chua

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Graduate competency is a measure of the success and effectiveness of an educational programme. This study examines the competencies of pharmacy graduates as assessed by themselves and by preceptors at the Ministry of Health. Face and content validated questionnaires were given to all graduating students of a batch and to all preceptors of these students who worked as provisionally registered pharmacists. Comparison was done between responses for the same questions by both students and preceptors. Preceptor evaluation and student self-evaluation of those who graduated with cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of ≥3.00 and those with cGPA of ≤2.99, as well as between genders were compared. On a Likert-like scale of 1-5, overall, the mean score was 3.56+0.52 and 4.10+0.75 given by preceptors and students, respectively. Students scored themselves significantly higher for all competencies. There were no significant differences in scores for all competencies given by the preceptors between male and female graduates, except for attitude, where the female graduates scored higher. However, there were significantly higher overall scores and scores for knowledge on packaging and disposal of medicines among graduates with cGPA≥3.00 as compared to those with cGPA≤2.99. The results indicate that in some instances there may be a difference of competencies in actual practice between those who graduated with a higher cGPA as compared with those with a lower cGPA. Competency and its perception are influenced by the knowledge, skill, communication and attitude of the person being assessed and thus perceptions will vary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-535
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Volume4
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Competencies
  • Pharmacy student
  • Preceptor
  • Professional practice
  • Self-assessment

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  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology

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Differences in self and preceptor assessment of the competencies of pharmacy graduates. / Paraidathathu, Thomas; Hamid, Mohammad Fauzee Abdul; Jamal, Jamia Azdina; Azmi, Norazrina; Chua, Siew Siang.

In: International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 4, No. SUPPL.1, 2012, p. 532-535.

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