Pharmacy Education Symposium 2019 (report)

Every two years the Prato Pharmacy Education Symposium is organized by Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) in collaboration with FIP. The 3-day conference is always held in early July in Prato (near Florence, Italy) and completely devoted to innovation and research of pharmacy education. In the 2019 conference three plenary presentations (managing change, development of sustainable health curriculum, education for reflective practice) and eleven workshops (in parallel sessions) were programmed. The workshops elaborated on the topics of the plenary presentations and other generic subjects (threshold concepts, academic integrity, therapeutic reasoning, building resilience, personalized feedback, etc.). For those interested in innovation and research of pharmacy education, this conference is a rich source of information and creates opportunities for contacts with other researchers.

In the 2019 symposium, 32 oral and 94 poster presentations were devoted to the Development of educational frameworks (8), Teaching innovations (34), Practice-oriented research (15) and Educational research (60). Every conference participant was expected to contribute by presenting her/his research results, the total number of participants being limited to 130. By tradition most participants in this conference come from the Anglo-Saxon world. During the 10th conference this year, approximately 45 contributions originated from the USA/Canada and the United Kingdom each, 30 from Australia and (only) 15 from other parts of the world (Asia, Africa, Europe). Continental Europe is not very well represented in this conference, but luckily all abstracts and posters can be found on the conference website (look under Abstracts):