Pharmatopia at Monash University Pharmacy School
The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists set up an exhibition centre in the virtual world “Second Life.” The centre, which is shared with the World Health Organization, the International Pharmaceutical Federation and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, comprises two “floors” where visitors can find information and links to other websites.
As one ventures through “Second Life,” one discovers various other locations of interest to pharmacists. One such site is Pharmatopia, an “island” dedicated to pharmacy education. It was set up by Monash University and nine other universities from around the world, including UQ Pharmacy School and Sydney Pharmacy School. Check out the video below, which explains the story of how Pharmatopia came into being.
Pharmatopia is a pharmacy education oasis of interactive learning modules whose principle objective is to create a continuum of engaging problem-based, pharmacy learning/training modules, relevant to schools, universities and industry.
The Monash Pharmacy School is committed to providing world-class learning environments and technologies for students and staff.
The school has invested $75 million to redevelop teaching laboratories and build practice environments for students to develop skills in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences. The investment included immersive virtual environments to teach professional skills, interactive and flexible lecture/tutorial spaces and areas that encourage social learning.
Monash Pharmacy School collaborates internationally with educators and industry to develop a collection of interactive web-based learning modules, based on a shared-practice model. Participating educators develop a learning module to meet a particular learning/training need. The modules are freely accessible to schools and universities, and on a cost-recovery basis to industry.
About Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Program
This degree has four streams of study:
- Enabling sciences
- Applied pharmaceutical sciences
- Clinical and therapeutic sciences
- Pharmacy practice sciences
During third and fourth year, students undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies through the professional experience placement program. The program provides an understanding of the processes involved in, for example, providing primary health care, drug information, and clinical pharmacy services in different practice environments.
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by Monash University to submit their Bachelor of Pharmacy applications before the end of September for the February intake.