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Pale and stale: decolonising the pharmacy degree

In this episode, we take a closer look at what can be done to make the MPharm curriculum and the wider healthcare sciences more inclusive.
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Over the past few years, pharmacy student Adanna Anthony-Okeke has been leading a project to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum at the University of Nottingham’s school of pharmacy.

Anthony-Okeke and her fellow students have revealed a notable lack of representation of conditions that affect skin of colour, as well as minimal expansion of statistics about conditions that predominantly affect black people.

In this episode of The PJ Pod, we speak to her and MPharm course leader Helen Boardman about how this work has led to significant and ongoing change to the syllabus. Julia Robinson, clinical and science editor, also investigates the progress being made in universities across the UK to make the pharmacy degree more inclusive.

Robinson then speaks with Vini Lander, professor of race and education and well as director of the centre for race education and decoloniality at Leeds Beckett University, to find out what decolonisation means within the context of the healthcare sciences and where this movement might be heading in the future.

This episode was produced by Geoff Marsh and is part of the #PJmindthegap campaign.

Learning resources

Recognising common skin conditions in people of colour‘ (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, 21 November 2021)

Common dermatological conditions in skin of colour‘ (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, 8 June 2021)

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, November 2021, Vol 307, No 7955;307(7955)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2021.1.115232

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