The School of Pharmacy, represented by the Dean, Dr. Mohamad Rahal, Assistant Dean at Beirut Campus, Dr. Michelle Cherfan, and Chairperson of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, Dr. Dalal Hammoudi, participated in the 6th Kuwait International Pharmacy Conference under the theme: The 2nd Forum on Advancing Pharmacy Education in GCC and Middle East. The meeting was organized by the Faculty of Pharmacy, Kuwait University, and took place at Radisson Blu hotel, Kuwait city, between 9th and 11th of February, 2017.
The conference hosted a collection of keynote speeches, plenary lectures, workshops and poster sessions mostly revolving around the theme of pharmacy education. The participating faculty from SOP contributed to the 4 workshops within the scientific program of the conference. Dr. Cherfan coordinated a workshop on development of competency-based curricula in pharmacy schools, and another on assessment of student performance during active learning activities. Dr. Hammoudi coordinated a workshop on educational activities to prepare students for life-long learning, and another on team teaching in integrated courses
Scholars and leaders in pharmacy education from major pharmacy schools in Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Canada, USA, and Croatia attended the workshops, which were interactive and rewarding. They included an exchange of skills, expertise, and trends of education among pharmacy schools, and were a good platform for communication and discussion. The SOP faculty from LIU were acknowledged by the organizers for their lively contributions, and their presence was considered “part of the success”.
Like other participating pharmacy schools, SOP also joined poster stations displaying the mission and vision of the School, key points about curriculum, and degrees offered. The experience of SOP in experiential training, continuing education, contribution to Lebanese Order of Pharmacists activities, pharmacy day, newsletter, awareness campaigns, and research was also shared during the workshops.