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NUS pharmacy degree programme to be enhanced

Students enrolling in the pharmacy degree programme at the National University of Singapore in August 2014 will be the first to benefit from improvements to the curriculum.

SINGAPORE: Students enrolling in the pharmacy degree programme at the National University of Singapore in August 2014 will be the first to benefit from improvements to the curriculum.

The enhanced programme is expected to give students a more holistic education, integrating professional skills with clinical training and experiential learning.

More than 200 newly registered pharmacists took the professional pledge on Friday evening, making a commitment to the profession and to contribute to the healthcare needs of Singaporeans.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong noted NUS has been expanding its intake of pharmacy students, and is on track to produce 240 pharmacy graduates per year to meet national demand.

The improved degree programme will also allow graduates to be more effective in the new roles expected of them.

Mr Gan stressed that increasing healthcare capacity alone is not sustainable in the long-run, and so the Healthcare 2020 vision is also about improving the capability of healthcare professionals and raising quality of care for Singaporeans.

He said: "Pharmacists will have to collaborate effectively within and beyond the pharmacy community to provide team-based patient-centric and holistic care.

"I believe that pharmacists are well-positioned to drive and support changes to improve care delivery, not only because of your expertise in medication management, but also as advocates of healthy living as well as disease prevention."

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