CPE Speaker Series

Networker and advocate: How pharmacists experience their role as therapeutic decision-makers in advanced practice in New Zealand

In this seminar, Megan will present findings from an interview study involving 17 pharmacists with established careers in pharmacy. These pharmacists have taken opportunities to advance their practice with further education and by initiating projects and introducing new services that have pushed the boundaries of what might be expected from a traditional dispensing pharmacist. The focus of our analysis was on identifying non-cognitive factors that explain how these advanced practice pharmacists interact with colleagues and patients and how these impact therapeutic decision-making. Study findings will set the scene for a conversation among seminar participants about how these factors may be encountered and understood by pharmacy students including how they can influence pharmacy education and the developing practice of new pharmacists.


Presenter: Megan Anakin

Dr. Megan Anakin is an Academic, or Senior Lecturer and an Education Advisor in the Education Unit at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. She provides support and advice regarding teaching, learning, assessment, evaluation, and education research to people who teach medical students in the three-final years of the MB ChB programme, primarily, and to clinical educators across the Division of Health Sciences. She researches how patient-care decision-making skills are learned/taught in a range of contexts including workplaces, simulation, and interprofessional education initiatives; and how this knowledge can be used to inform curriculum and faculty development in health professions education. She is an active member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (https://www.anzahpe.org/) and of the Faculty Development committee of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (https://www.amee.org/). She is passionate about building education research capability with teachers and students.