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"Pharmacy courses in the U.S. are very focused on attention with the patient."

Isabel Espuelas and Óscar López Lanchares, 4th year students, are at exchange at the University of South Florida.

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The students of the University of Navarra, at USF
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26/11/13 17:37 Laura Latorre

"Unlike what happens in Spain, pharmacy courses in the U.S. are very focused on the hospital environment and on attention with the patient. That is why the pharmacist actively participates with the healthcare team in decisions about the patient's medication, as the true medication specialist that he or she is". Isabel Espuelas and Óscar López Lanchares, fourth-year Pharmacy students at the University of Navarra, describe the role of the pharmacist in the Anglo-Saxon country where they are currently at exchange at the University of South Florida (USF).

Among the functions of this professional are: passing enquiry to the patient, keeping track of medication, proposing dosage changes or training the patient in the use of inhalers, glucometers, etc. "In line with this, at USF, students are trained so that their leadership skills in patient care are recognized," they emphasize.

USF is a prestigious American university in the state of Florida, located in Tampa (USA). It is one of the most diverse in the country, with students from all over the world and very different cultures.

The institution is known for its sports teams: it competes in baseball, soccer, basketball, football, tennis and volleyball, among others; and for having a seven-hectare botanical garden. But, above all, it is known for being one of the best universities in programs of study scientific and advanced medicine for the treatment of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.

The Bridge Clinic is the university's teaching hospital, which has a floor dedicated exclusively to students internship where patients who do not have sufficient resources to be able to access healthcare are treated. "The students come on a voluntary basis every week and, together with a supervisor, we treat the patients". According to them, "the experience at the hospital has also been incredible: in addition to the internship, we translate for the Spanish-speaking patients".