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3rd year Pharmacy student runner up in national competition

Donna Zaki, a 3rd year Pharmacy student at UEA came second in the annual Johnson and Johnson Responding to symptoms competition at the BPSA annual conference in April. The competition is open to every pharmacy student in the UK with first rounds taking place at each School of Pharmacy before regional semi-finals and the national finals. Students are assessed in a role play with a patient who is presenting with a minor ailment which requires management. Students have to use their communication skills to build rapport with a patient, gather a good medical history before providing appropriate advice and recommendations to the patient.

Donna said “It was enlightening to use the responding to symptoms and communication skills I have been taught at UEA. It was such a rewarding experience and gave me the opportunity to apply my clinical knowledge, communication skills and develop my empathy.” James Desborough, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at UEA commented “The whole School is very proud of Donna and her achievement, this is a fantastic competition and UEA places significant emphasis on supporting its students to become excellent healthcare communicators.”