JICA: “Continuing education and development of the state exam for pharmacists in the Kyrgyz Republic”

Project: “Continuing education and development of the state exam for pharmacists in the Kyrgyz Republic”

 

The project is carried out under the JICA- the project “SDGs Business Model Formulation Survey with the Private Sector for Continuous Education and Development of the State Certification for the Pharmacists in Kyrgyz Republic”, and wasapproved by the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic.

 

The aim of the project is to create a single assessment exam for graduates of the pharmaceutical faculty of medical universities, the results of which can be used in the employment of graduates. The single assessment exam in the form of testing was pilot for the period until the end of 2019.

 

A memorandum of cooperation was signed between the KSMA and the Yakuzemi Center for Informative Education until the end of 2019.

 

A number of meetings were held between representatives of the Kyrgyz State Medical Academy (hereinafter referred to as “KSMA”) with representatives of the Yakuzemi Center for Informative Education (hereinafter referred to as “Yakuzemi”) to discuss possible cooperation in the field of pharmaceutical education.

 

The participants:

- Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of KSMA, professor AlymbaevE.Sh.,

- Teachers of the “Pharmacy” faculty of the KSMA under the leadership of Acting Head of the Department of Management and Economics of Pharmacy, Technology of Medicines, Dootalieva S.Ch.

- Representatives of the Yakuzemi Center for Informative Education - project manager Matsuno Yoshinori and project coordinator Nakajima Dayske.

 

There were discussions between the representatives of both sides on the content of the pilot test exam: a list of the disciplines included in the test, the conformity of the tests submitted by Yakuzemi to the educational programs of the pharmaceutical faculty of medical universities of the Kyrgyz Republic, and their possible adaptation for students of the pharmaceutical faculties of Kyrgyz universities.

 

To work on the substantive part of the test tasks, their selection for pilot testing, a working group was created from the teachers of the KSMA departments.

 

The working group conducted an academic verification of the provided test questions in order to adapt them to the educational programs of the pharmaceutical faculty of KSMA. As a result, a database of 300 tests was created.

 

04/04/2019 by order No. 1113 of 04/04/19, 5th year students took part in pilot computer testing. During the day, according to the schedule, each student answered 100 tests in three sections “Physics, Chemistry”, “Pharmacology, Pathology”, “Biochemistry, Pharmaceuticals”. As a result, each student answered 300 tests.

 

Preliminary test results were presented in the report to the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of KSMA, prof. AlymbaevE.Sh. and members of the working group.

 

It was noted that approaches to training, the formation of test questions vary in KSMA and in Japanese universities.

 

Intentions were expressed by the administration of the KSMA about the possibility of further cooperation to introduce similar independent testing among graduates of other faculties of the KSMA.

 

Teachers of the departments also noted the desire for further cooperation in terms of mastering the methodology for compiling test tasks, the exchange of educational programs, educational literature.

 

On November 22, 2019, a meeting with JICA representatives was held at the JICA office in Bishkek to discuss the report of a pilot test exam of fifth year students of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the KSMA joint project of the Ministry of Health (Ministry of Health), JICA and the Center for Informative Education of Yakuzemi (Yakuzemi) "Continuing Education and the development of a state exam for pharmacists in the Kyrgyz Republic ”and proposals for the second component of this project (postgraduate education).

 

At a meeting from the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, directions for further cooperation were proposed, including the development of professional standards in the healthcare system.

 

Issues of further cooperation are under consideration by the JICA project.

 

In December 2019, representatives of the Yakuzemi Center for Informative Education MatsunoYosinori and Nakajima Daiske took part in the round table “Pharmaceutical Education Reforms in the Kyrgyz Republic”, organized on the initiative of the coordinator and chairman of the UMPC “Pharmacy” when discussing a draft of a new state educational standard for the specialty “Pharmacy” and expressed their intention to take an active part in this direction.

 

List of teachers included in the working group on the academic verification of test items (June-October 2019):

  1. MakhmudovaZh.A., Doctor of Biological Sciences, Head ofDepartment “Biochemistry with a course of general and bioorganic chemistry named after A.D. Dzhumaliev”;
  2. Tyurekanova N.E., associate professor of the Department “Fundamental and Clinical Physiology named after Academician S. B. Daniyarov”;
  3. Dauletbekov N.D., Leading teacher of the Department “Basic and Clinical Pharmacology named after Academician M.T. Nanaeva”;
  4. Sadykova A.K., associate professor of the Department “Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Drugs”.
  5. Sharsheeva G.K., leading teacher of the Department “Propaedeutics of internal diseases”;
  6. Dootalieva S.Ch., Acting Head of the Department “Management and Economics of Pharmacy, Technology of Medicines”.