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University of Iowa News Release

July 7, 2003

College Of Pharmacy Welcomes Japanese Scholars

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and Kyoritsu College of Pharmacy in Tokyo, Japan, have developed a cooperative agreement to promote the development of educational and research programs of mutual interest to the two institutions.

As a part of this agreement, the UI is hosting two graduate students from Kyoritsu. Koji Kurihara and Rei Miyoshi will spend 10 weeks at the UI in conjunction with completing experiences in the college's Professional Experience Program (PEP).

During their stay, Kurihara and Miyoshi will serve on three different types of rotations: a hospital rotation at the UI, a clinical rotation with a college faculty member and a community pharmaceutical rotation.

"The UI College of Pharmacy is known for providing strong learning experiences in professional settings," said Jay Currie, Pharm.D., PEP director and associate professor (clinical) of clinical and administrative pharmacy. "Our professional role in pharmacy is similar in some ways but different in others. We expect the Japanese students to learn from us but also for us to learn about pharmacy in Japan."

During their stay, Kurihara and Miyoshi will be able to gain firsthand experience and knowledge of pharmacy practices in the United States that will hopefully help them become future leaders of pharmacy in Japan, he said.

There also will be the opportunity for fourth-year UI pharmacy students to complete an elective rotation in Japan, thanks to this established relationship between the UI and Kyoritsu College, according to Sandra Johnson, advanced practice experience coordinator and associate director of PEP.

PEP encompasses the entire fourth year of the Pharm.D. program and exposes UI students to various aspects of patient care and pharmacy practice through the coordination and completion of rotations at a variety of practice sites.

"The program is designed to facilitate the transition of working knowledge from an academic focus to an application of knowledge in the real world," Johnson said.

The experiences gained during the fourth year are meant to serve as the culmination and application of coursework completed during the students' first three years.

"The rotations will help the Japanese students better understand health care in the U.S. and help our students better understand health care in other systems, broaden their views and grow as health care providers," she said.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, Writer: Tiffany Bronk