The large number of medications available has complicated the learning of drug therapy
for medical students at a time when pharmacology training has been substantially
reduced. Attempts to remedy this include: improving the pharmaco-therapeutics curriculum;
interactive web-based learning and students developing a personal formulary.
The approach adopted by the University of Wollongong Medical School is to integrate
clinical pharmacology throughout the course, with the Student Preferred-drugs Formulary
linking pharmacology and common diseases. Evidence from other countries suggests
this should enhance prescribing by medical graduates.