Mike Rouse, B. Pharm (Hons); MPS, FFIP is Assistant Executive Director, Professional Affairs and Director, International Services at the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in Chicago, USA. Born in Zimbabwe, Mike studied pharmacy and worked in hospital and community pharmacy. He was chief executive of the largest pharmacy chain in Zimbabwe before moving to the USA in 2001. At ACPE, Mike’s primarily areas of responsibility are professional affairs, strategic initiatives and projects, and international services and collaboration. He coordinated the revision of ACPE’s 2007 PharmD Standards and is a global leader in initiatives to introduce a CPD approach to lifelong learning.

Mike founded and convenes the International Forum for Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education and drafted the Global Framework for Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education, which was adopted by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in 2008 and updated in 2014. Mike served on FIP’s Board of Directors (“Bureau”), Foundation for Education and Research, and several other boards and committees. He is Education Lead for Quality Assurance for FIP Education (FIPEd) and was Co-Lead for Continuing Education/Continuing Professional Development. Mike received the Distinguished Service Award and Fellow Award from FIP for his service to FIP and the pharmacy profession globally. He has been a consultant and invited speaker in more than 60 countries.

Doc dr sc Arijana Meštrović, MPharm, FFIP worked for 14 years as a community pharmacist and she was responsible for education and competency development in the biggest pharmacy chain in Croatia. She is now Assistant Professor and independent consultant in Pharma Expert international agency, providing lectures and workshops in CPD programs for pharmacists, implementing new services in pharmacy chains and teaching Professional Practice and Pharmaceutical Care at universities in Croatia and Cyprus. Her Doctor’s degree is in biomedical sciences – competency development in pharmacy. Representing CoDEG (Competency Development and Evaluation Group) she is using the Global Competency Framework and evaluating its impact on pharmaceutical care and practitioner development in European countries. She is collaborating with FIP’s Education Development Team in areas of Competency and Quality Assurance in Pharmacy Education.

Arijana serves as a member of the International Services Program Advisory Group of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE, USA),  member of the Executive Committee of FIP’s Academic Section, member of Pharmaceutical Care Network of Europe and international consultant of WHO (World Health Organisation). Previously, she served as Co-Chair of FIP’s Programme Committee and Expert Member of FIP’s Board of Pharmaceutical Practice. She has been recognized by FIP with FIP Fellow award for her dedication and leadership in advancement of pharmacy profession. She is an editor for ELSEVIER Encyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy. Arijana is dedicated to promoting competency-based education using the CPD model among pharmacy practitioners, so her teaching usually addresses all components of competencies – knowledge, experience and motivation.

Why choose the “SMART” Pharmacist Program?

The term “SMART” is taken from SMART Learning Objectives, which are a key element of the PLAN component of the CPD Cycle. In the context of setting learning objectives, SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timed. Learning objectives can be SMART, but learning can be SMARTER when it is applied in practice and it achieves meaningful outcomes and impact. In this way, the learning can address real practitioner needs (including enhancing their competence) as well as meeting patients’ needs and/or achieving organizational goals.

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