Pharmacists, pharmacy students and other healthcare providers can learn together using social media sites as educational platforms
Healthcare providers can use their smart phones to learn at anytime and anywhere
Game Based Learning (GBL) has been used in Pharmind to make learning more interesting and fun for millennial learners
Healthcare providers can enroll in several online courses to improve their therapeutic knowledge
Pharmind (https://www.pharmind.net) is an online educational platform launched in November 2014 by Ramez M. AlKoudmani (RK) as an outcome of his Master’s degree in Pharmacy Practice. Pharmind was established to improve the awareness of proper and safe use of medicines in the MENA region, provide continuing pharmaceutical education, make pharmacy education more interactive and interesting for future pharmacists, and enhance the collaboration and relationship between pharmacists and other HCPs. It helps thousands of pharmacy students, pharmacists, physicians, and nurses improve their knowledge of therapeutics and obtain answers to hundreds of questions related to medication therapy. Healthcare providers can learn anytime and anywhere using their smartphones or personal laptops. Emerging online educational technologies (EdTech) such as Quipper® and Schoology® were used by Pharmind learners. Facebook® as a popular social media site and Schoology® as a learning management system (LMS) successfully provided an online course about generic medicines for pharmacists and pharmacy students. Quipper® was used as an online assessment tool to assess the knowledge of healthcare professionals on pharmacotherapeutics. More than 700 MCQs were provided on Quipper®, and participants can see their scores and reports. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pharmind Courses platform (https://www.pharmind.net/learn) was established. Several courses were offered during the pandemic. Pharmind official page on Facebook® (@CPE4EVER) was established in 2011, and more than 700K people (712K) are following its updates, including the general public and HCPs. In the past three years (April 2019 to May 2022), the Pharmind Page reached over 4 million people on Facebook® and gained over 125K followers. This access has been achieved by using other social media websites such as LinkedIn®, Telegram®, WhatsApp®, Instagram®, and Twitter®.
About Ramez M. Alkoudmani
Ramez M. Alkoudmani is the founder of Pharmind. Ramez is Syrian talented researcher, pharmapreneur, millennial pharmacy practice educator. He is decisive, tireless, forthright and focused achiever. With his “Growth Mindset” he has, his unique highest value at his best is “Untraditional Genius”. He strives for excellence in his field (Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice) towards implementing knowledge in achieving success and sustainability for tomorrow. He sets clear expectations, establishes consequences, accelerates urgency, concentrates on details, depends on deadlines and uses rational risks to drive action. He delivers high quality results on deadline, admired for his diligence, reliability, and efficiency. He speaks the language of confidence and details. He keeps his eyes on the ball and on the top of his game, he is often described as organized, proactive and detail-oriented. He is a person who stay on track to see a project to completion. Ramez is working with other international researchers on different research projects related to field of clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice. He is interested in using web 2.0 tools and e-learning in medical and pharmacy education, Pharmacovigilance, IoT and AI in healthcare settings, telehealth and web based treatments or any research topic related to pharmacy practice. Ramez believes that pharmacy profession is in an exceptional position in the healthcare settings. Pharmacists are accessible, trusted and medication experts and the future of pharmacy depends on leadership in patient clinical services and patient centered care. Furthermore, He believe that social media, mHealth, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have promising advantages in healthcare where patients and healthcare professionals are connected smartly towards providing the best health care services.