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IL: CCP Students Benefit from United Arab Emirates Rotation

June 20, 2019

by Office of Communications

(From left) Lina Suleiman (CCP 2019), Kellie Ayres (CCP 2019), Dr. Sally Arif, Iqra Ahmed (CCP 2019), and Svetozara Zehireva (CCP 2019) explore pharmacy practices in the United Arab Emirates.

Since 2017, students from the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) have traveled to the United Arab Emirates for a four-week international rotation in pharmacy practice. This unique rotation was developed by Sally Arif, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ Cardiology, an Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice at the College.

The rotation is designed to provide pharmacy students with a variety of healthcare experiences in the United Arab Emirates. In the program, students compare and contrast global pharmacy practice models to practices in the United States, and tour four different hospitals, two pharmacy schools, a cosmetic company, pharmaceutical company, community pharmacy, and a private company involved in regulatory affairs of drug development.

By the end of the rotation, students benefit from a wide range of experiences including learning about advanced technology at the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi and visiting small community hospitals using paper charts in rural towns. Seeing new areas of pharmacy practice allows students to appreciate the scope of the profession and gain a greater understanding of the different opportunities available to them post-graduation. 

International rotations also allow students to immerse themselves in a different culture and gain lifelong skills. "This rotation allowed me to grow not only as a professional but also as a person," said Kellie Ayres (CCP 2019), a recent participant in the program.

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