The Pharmacy Game Newsletter
Who are you?
I am Guoda Radaviciute. Currently, I am in my final year of Pharmacy studies at Vilnius University in Lithuania. At the moment, I am completing my internship at community Pharmacy in Vilnius.
If you could choose between conventional education and the Pharmacy Game what would be your preference and why?
Lectures and seminars at university helped me to gain knowledge about medications, herbs and medical devices. However, the Pharmacy Game was a unique opportunity to use these knowledge and practice my skills in a safe environment, which allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them. Moreover, it helped me to prepare for my internship at the community Pharmacy very well, hence, I would recommend this game to everyone.
What was most useful during the Pharmacy Game?
One of the most useful things was to try different roles (clinical pharmacist, pharmacist consulting remotely or head of Pharmacy) during the Game. It allowed me to see my strengths and weaknesses in various positions, as well as to realize how the Pharmacy functions.
Which skills did you improve during the game?
I improved my communication skills while working with real patients and doctors. Also, I had an opportunity to practice various communication models and work in a team with other pharmacists. I believe that the Pharmacy Game helped us, the students, to prepare for the future because we learned to self-reflect, which is a very beneficial skill for self-improvement.
Would you like to share some interesting moments you remember while playing the game?
One of the most memorable moments was when my first patient came into the Pharmacy. Everything was so real!
Overall, I would say that the Pharmacy Game is a very useful activity to be included in the curriculum of the University. It is very beneficial for us, the students, to actually experience working as Pharmacists and to operate a Pharmacy before starting our careers.
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