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Intermediate Training Program
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Internship Program

Internship training is a period of supervised clinical practice pursued by graduates of healthcare programs to consolidate the knowledge gained during their study in APS – Intermediate or Advanced.

Available Programs

Special Conditions

Minimum requirements for pharmacy internship
In order to standardize the Pharmacy Training Program in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the DoH has identified the minimum requirements:

  • Orientation of the pharmacy: Familiarization with the pharmacy, including knowledge of the facility, space, allocation of different services, staff and daily routines.
  • Receiving the prescription: Ensure that prescription information is legible, completely accurate and appropriate for the patient.
  • Pharmacy patient care: Experience with patient interviews and providing medication education, manage drug interaction and resolve gaps in care. In addition, describe and apply clinical guidelines to patient care.
  • Dispensing systems management: While outlining typical pharmacy dispensing workflows, evaluate prescriptions for legitimate medical use and adopt existing drug therapy guidelines.
  • Drug information: Develop a variety of drug related report monographs, reviews and policies during the use of a drug. Access appropriate drug information resources for patient education.
  • Business management: Understand inventory cost and level or order points. Describe basic finance terms and analyze a financial statement.
  • Medication safety and quality: Describe national standard, guidelines, best practice and establish principles and processes related to quality as safe medication use.
  • Pharmacy Federal Law: Understand laws and regulations that affect the pharmacy practice. Apply federal laws and regulations affecting legal operation of a pharmacy.
  • Insurance types and considerations: Learn about the different types of health insurance coverage that are available in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
  • Approved pharmacy training sites are authorized to accept internship applicants directly without referring to the DoH. The submission period will be scheduled to start three months of the Gregorian Calendar year from:
    - 1st of February till end of February
    - 1st June till end of June
    - 1st October till end of October

    Note: Any application submitted after the selected dates will not be accepted and the trainee must wait until the next starting date.

Rules and Responsibilities

  • Pharmaceutical Education Manager:
    • Manage the training program at an approved training site.
    • Based on DoH eligibility criteria, assign trainees to approved training sites.
    • Report to the DoH quarterly regarding updates on the pharmacy training changes (e.g. trainee transfers, withdrawal, completion, etc.).
    • Resolve any misunderstanding or disagreement between tutor and trainee.
    • Assure the training site and Preceptor rotation are well maintained.
    • Meet with the DoH representative to provide updates regarding the DoH monitoring visits (conducted at random).
    • After completion of the required training period, issue end of training certificate.
  • Trainee Do
    • Complete the 6-month training with a maximum cumulative break of 14 calendar days.
    • Perform routine tasks such as receiving and preparing prescriptions, checking expiry dates and labeling bottles.
    • Report any disputes with/concerns about the tutor to the Pharmaceutical Education Manager.
    • Evaluate the training program after completion.
  • Don’t
    • Continue pharmacy training with an expired approval.
    • Register narcotic/controlled medication in DoH registers.
    • Re-apply for training program after completion (applicant is allowed to be enrolled in the training program only once).
  • Preceptor
    • Provide trainees with an overview of the current healthcare environment.
    • Expose trainees to current standards of care, health-systems and UAE laws.
    • Provide trainees with the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally, through interactions with healthcare professionals.
    • Provide trainees with opportunities to become an integral part of the department in areas they have been assigned to.
    • Provide the initial trainee evaluation to the Pharmaceutical Education Manager.
    • Report any dispute/trainee concerns to the Pharmaceutical Education Manager.
  • Observe
    • The instruction of patient counseling and dispensing.
    • The instruction of handling controlled and narcotic medication.
    • The instruction of dosage form reformulation changes (if applicable).

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Last updated: 30 Mar 2023

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