The MPharm course at the University of Lincoln provides students with the opportunity to undertake an optional placement in the UK or overseas.
Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.
3rd year MPharm student, Claire Hodge, went on a student exchange programme which is run by the British Pharmaceutical Students Association (BPSA) and in partnership with the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF).
Claire wrote about her experience below:
On the 7th July I set off for SeaTac airport in Seattle from London’s Heathrow.
My placement was three weeks long; I spent my first week at Swedish Hospital’s Cherry Hill campus, a hospital specialising in neurology and cardiology, my second week at a specialty Walgreen’s Pharmacy which managed patients with infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis, and my final week at Harborview Medical Centre, which is Washington state’s primary trauma unit. The unit is also the primary trauma center for Alaska, Montana and Idaho.
I especially enjoyed my time in the two hospitals as this is where my passion in pharmacy has been since I started training as a pharmacy technician before beginning university.
It was incredible to see the differences between pharmacy work in the UK and America.
Retail pharmacy in the US is massively different too, but I have to say that the UK seems more advanced in terms of electronic prescriptions and such.
On the more social and tourist side of things, I had enough time to spend sightseeing with other students from the University of Washington, and also with my host family who were absolutely amazing. I went up to the top of the Space Needle, visited all the local museums and zoo, and went up to the top of Columbia Center which is the tallest building in Seattle’s skyline!
For anyone fellow students wanting to take part, the placements are advertised throughout the year on their websites and by representatives within the University and it’s a fairly straightforward application process.
I would 100% recommend other students to take part in the student exchange program, as everyone I know who has done has absolutely loved it! It was an amazing opportunity that I’m so grateful to have taken part in.
Find out more about the School of Pharmacy at the University of Lincoln UK.