November 1, 2023
Written by Sean O’Connor, class of 2024 Pharm.D. candidate
Nina Inayan and Savannah Moody, class of 2024 Pharm.D. candidates, represented the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and shared their research findings at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) 2023 World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brisbane, Australia. FIP gives students the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds and to share research findings and present abstracts to faculty, pharmacists and pharmacy students from multiple countries.
Moody’s project, “Role of Pharmacists in Vaccination in Low and Middle-Income Countries Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multi-Country Survey”, under the supervision of Sachiko Ozawa, Ph.D., M.H.S., associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education, looked at pharmacist vaccination behaviors following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moody looked at survey data and found that pharmacists across the world were more likely to educate patients and report adverse effects following vaccine administration, following the COVID-19 pandemic than prior. Her passion for global and preventative health lies in her interests in clinical pharmacy.
“I want to encourage people to send abstracts to FIP if you are globally focused because you get to see all the opportunities of how pharmacists are able to practice at the top of their licenses,” she said. “You appreciate how advanced the degree of pharmacy is in the U.S.; being able to counsel patients and be a part of clinical rounds is not the norm in other countries.”
Inayan’s research project, “Exploring elements of success in international collaboration”, looked at the factors faculty and institutions need to foster international collaboration through survey data. She worked under the supervision of Caroline Sasser, Pharm.D., PharmAlliance program coordinator, and Sarah Merritt, Pharm.D., global program education coordinator.
Her research topic stems from her passion for global health, specifically in infectious diseases. “A lot of staff and faculty need institutional support in backing international collaboration; cultural competency and knowing how to interact with those with different cultural beliefs are important factors in promoting successful international collaboration,” said Inayan.
Both Moody and Inayan will use this experience to make lasting change in their careers in the clinical setting. The value of having a global perspective of the profession of pharmacy can lead to international collaboration to enhance patient care among diverse patient populations.