Pharmacy professional internships

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Students enrolled in the single-cycle Master's degree programmes in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology will undertake an internship awarding 30 CFU credits (900 hours) at:

  • a pharmacy open to the public
  • a hospital pharmacy under the supervision of the Pharmaceutical Service.

The internship is required for taking the State board exam for qualifying as a pharmacist.

Student information

Please find below the requirements for starting the internship:

  • E24 system: you can start the internship in the fourth year after passing all the exams with marks out of 30 for the first three years. The attendance of Pharmaceutical Technology and Legislation I and Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory I is highly recommended. Starting from the third year, students who had been officially enrolled in the second year as repeaters for not having been able to take all the first-year exams within the deadline established by the Study Programme, and who have passed all the exams with marks out of thirty for the first three years, may be authorised to start the internship by a resolution of the Interdepartmental Academic Board of the degree programme in Pharmacy.
  • E25 system: you can start the internship in the second semester of the fourth year provided that you earn at least 150 CFU credits, passing all first- and second-year exams, and some third-year exams, including Pharmacology and pharmacotherapy or Pharmaceutical and toxicological chemistry I. We also recommend that you attend the course of Pharmaceutical technology and legislation I.
  • E14 system: you can start the internship in the fourth year, after passing all the exams with marks out of 30 for the first three years, excluding Pharmaceutical Technology, Socioeconomics and Legislation, and Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory I. However, the attendance of Pharmaceutical Technology, Socioeconomics and Legislation, and Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory I is highly recommended. The duration is 900 hours.
  • E15 system: you can start the internship in the second semester of the fourth year provided that you earn at least 150 CFU credits, passing all first- and second-year exams, and some third-year exams, including Pharmacology and pharmacotherapy or Pharmaceutical and toxicological chemistry I. We also recommend that you attend the course of Pharmaceutical technology and legislation I. The duration is 900 hours.

You will participate in pharmacy activities in order to gain the skills required for professional practice, with a focus on:

  • professional ethics;
  • organization and management, including technical and regulatory issues;
  • purchasing, holding and distributing medicines, with special regard to drugs;
  • preparing medicines in a pharmacy;
  • services provided under the Italian National Health Service (distribution of medicines, other health material, CUP central booking service, etc.);
  • consumer information and education about health prevention and the correct use of medicines;
  • the use of information sources available in the pharmacy or at central facilities;
  • managing health products other than medicines;
  • business management;
  • the use of electronic systems for professional and corporate data collection and storage.

With reference to the work health and safety regulation, you must:

  1. have taken the general safety training through the University service and deliver the attendance certificate to the host organization;
  2. have taken the specialist safety training through the Federation of Pharmacy Associations.

The host organization will have to upload the certificate on the placement portal in the internship activation stage, along with the training project.

1. General safety online training (UNIMI)

This is a 4-hour online training provided by the University.

  • Registration

    - Students enrolled in AY 2018/2019 and subsequent years: starting from AY 2019/2020, the competent University office will email all students enrolled in the second year  instructions for accessing the training and the relevant procedures. You will receive the e-mail to your University address (name.surname@studenti.unimi.it), starting from the month of February.

    - Students enrolled in AY 2017/2018 and previous years: approximately every four months, starting from the month of February, the competent University offices verify the achievement of at least 140 credits, after which they will send the student an e-mail with instructions for accessing the training and the relevant procedures. You will receive the e-mail to your University address (name.surname@studenti.unimi.it).

In both cases, the e-mail subject will be "UNIMI Student Access to the online Training Course of Prevention and Safety at Work". Please also note that the online training is available on the e-learning platform (AIFOS) for a limited period; after that, you will have to obtain certification at your own expense.

  • Final test
    At the end of the training, you must pass the final test and print the relevant certificate.

2. Specialist safety online training (Milan Pharmacy Association)

  • Registration
    You can register for the specialist safety training using the Pharmacy Association online service. To access, enter your tax code; if the system recognizes the tax code, please complete the registration right away so as not to invalidate the procedure; if the system does not recognize the tax code, please contact academic services for check and authorization.
  • When to take the training
    The specialist safety training provided by the Association can and must be carried out only by students, both from Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, who have earned at least 140 credits, as provided by the University of Milan, and must be strictly completed within 15 days of enrolment.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology

You must choose and make arrangements with an academic tutor

Pharmacy

You will be allocated a tutor according to the initial of your surname (you won't have to make arrangements)

Pharmacy - List of tutors (E24, E14)

Once you have identified the pharmacy where you intend to do your internship, fill in the training project online with the pharmacy owner (see company information).

When filling in the training project, you will have to state your academic tutor

Internship activation and extension procedure

  1. The academic tutor and the COSP approve the internship. The host organization and the intern will be notified by email. The host organization will download the training project, stamp it and sign it, and upload it on the portal in the internship description page, along with the general safety training certificate. Documents must be uploaded at least 4 days before starting the internship.
  2. The COSP will activate the internship, and the host organization and the intern will be notified by email.
  3. The intern will forward the internship activation email to the competent Association, with the document signed by the host organization attached. Once it receives the training project, the Association will email the intern their credentials to access the online training booklet. Please note that in the event of an internship extension you will have to notify the Association for the training booklet validity to be extended.

You can always change the online booklet until it is submitted for signature. From that moment you will only be able to check it for signatures.

Once you have completed the internship, you will:

  1. fill in the online self-assessment form. You will receive a link from the COSP by e-mail. The company tutor too will receive an email with the same link. Don't forget to print the assessment form as soon as you have filled it in.
     
  2. In the online internship booklet website, you will have to send an e-mail to their academic tutor confirming the internship completion and enable the "Go to the next step" button. 


This procedure is required for the booklet to be submitted to the academic tutor, the Pharmacy Association and the University internship manager for  signature. Once the booklet has been signed, it will be made available to the registrar for recording CFU credits.

Prof. Paola Minghetti

Department of Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Technology section "Maria Edvige Sangalli"
Via G. Colombo, 71

Tel. 02.503.24639
Fax 02.503.24657
paola.minghetti@unimi.it

Pharmacy information

Pharmacies interested in hosting students for professional training will first obtain the Association's authorisation, then register on the Placement service portal, log in, select "internship management" and next "agreements".

They will then choose the type of agreement:

  1. agreement with companies not belonging to trade associations; or
  2. agreement with trade associations and their members.

Pharmacies and/or hospitals hosting internships required by the single-cycle Master's degree programmes in Pharmacy and in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology must choose option 2).
The agreement with the Federation of Pharmacy Associations of Lombardy will appear in the drop-down menu. The pharmacy / hospital previously authorized by the Association to host professional internships will access the agreement with the Federation of Pharmacy Associations of Lombardy with no need to sign any documents.

When filling in the training project, please state the academic tutor. Please complete the appropriate sections of the training project as shown below (copy and paste): 
 

Internship title
Pharmacy professional internship
 
Activities to be carried out in the host organization
According to art. 4 of the regulation:

  • professional ethics;
  • organization and management, including technical and regulatory issues;
  • purchasing, holding and distributing medicines, including drugs;
  • preparing medicines;
  • services provided under the Italian NHS;
  • health information and education;
  • use of information sources and management of products other than medicines;
  • business management;
  • electronic systems for professional and corporate data collection and storage.

Training and orientation objectives

Learning and understanding all pharmacy activities, including stock management, prescription check, pharmacist support. The internship commission or its delegate will assess the internship based on the booklet, the student's reports and the company tutor's judgement.

For a pharmacy to be authorized to host trainees, it must first apply with the Milan Association and accept the Regulations.

Other types of internship
Curricular thesis internship

In the case of thesis internships at external organisations, the role of academic tutor is covered by the supervisor. When completing the online training project, select "thesis supervisor" from the "academic tutor" drop-down menu. Enter in the "internship title" box the title of the degree thesis followed by the name and surname of the supervisor, who will receive an online request for approval of the training project.

Extra-professional internship

In addition to the professional internship recognized by the Pharmacy Association, you can carry out another internship (in a company or pharmacy) before graduation, with no award of CFU credits. This is a curricular internship (as you'll undertake it as a student).
Please note that in this case the pharmacy must have entered an internship agreement directly with the University and not with the Federation of Pharmacy Associations.

Internship activation

This is a curricular internship (as you'll undertake it as a student).