Friday, June 6, 2014

Visit to ABDA

The first half of the day was relaxing for most of us.  Some of the group checked out a Jewish museum.  

My morning was pretty uneventful, until my 40-turned-70-minute run, when I was lost in the Tiergarten.  Never have I been so happy to see a sleeping homeless man.   

Berlin's Tiergarten ("Animal Garden")

The afternoon consisted of our visit to ABDA (Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Apothekerverbände).  We first had a tour of the building. 

Library/treasury with huge vaulted doors

ABDA's building

We listened to a presentation and discussed the tasks & structure of ABDA, the organization's education of pharmacists, quality assurance, & other projects they are working on.  ABDA's Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists represents the professional and economic interests of all German pharmacists.  

Some main differences I picked up on between ABDA & the United States' APhA (American Pharmacists Association) is that there is not as much advocacy for change within the profession and its future.  ABDA creates structure and organization within German pharmacy in accordance with many rules and laws set for pharmacy as a profession.  It seemed to be similar to a board of pharmacy.
APhA creates numerous opportunities for student pharmacists, while ABDA currently does not have roles for students within its organization. 

Our group at ABDA

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