Factors Influencing Students’ Preferences to Pursue International Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
The Problem: To improve the quality of the international APPE program and facilitate growth, a questionnaire was developed to identify perceived barriers for selection of and ways to increase interest in international APPEs.
Survey Design: A questionnaire was administered to two consecutive third-year classes to gauge interest, perceived barriers and possible facilitators for engagement in international APPEs.
Key Findings: Cost and need to travel independently were most frequently identified as barriers to participating in international APPEs. Suggestions to increase participation in international APPEs include: schools of pharmacy actively developing funding support, pairing students for international APPEs, and earlier targeted marketing.
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