Pharmacy in New York: Health inequality and patient outcomes

Ref: 10003666


Third and fourth year Pharmacy students studying Professional and Scientific Skills 3/4 (PHAR3601/4601) and are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 25 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


With continued negotiations around Brexit including a discussion around the NHS and potential links for America for Healthcare in the UK moving forward, New York City offers students an opportunity to reflect on the challenges posed by a country that has a non-universal health care system, compared to a public healthcare system such as the NHS. Through cross faculty links with Accounting and Finance, this trips places to also allow students to see how financial organisations work to collaborate between healthcare policy-makers, commissioners, providers and regulators.

The pharmacy focused trip is designed to enhanced students understanding of the healthcare provision provided by pharmacists in the US, to explore the diverse role of the pharmacist in US. This trip offers a unique experience for pharmacy students, allowing them to gain an appreciation of how pharmacy operates in the states in a range of different areas, all of which are relevant to UK practice.

Planned activity on this opportunity will allow participants to evaluate healthcare provision in the context of relevant personal and social circumstances through trips to a Hospital Emergency Department and Walgreen’s Pharmacy. Students will be able to consider the financial implications of drug development and licencing and the impact this has on drug availability and patient care on an international level by visiting financial institution based in NY. Throughout the trip, students will be encouraged to compare and contrast the challenges posed by a country that has a non-universal healthcare system, compared to a public healthcare system such as the NHS.

Cultural activities

As well as organised academic activities, you will have the opportunity to explore some of New York’s most famous and exciting landmarks, venues and districts. A visit to Downtown Manhattan the National 9/11 memorial and museum are situated offering important insight in to the air attacks on the twin towers and pentagon as well as the bringing together of communities in solidarity both in the US and globally following these event. The walking tour taking you through the events of 9/11 can also be arranged.

Ellis Island museum covers the background and welcoming of immigrants to the US “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. The Museum of NYC offers a wealth of exhibitions and events, which are continually updated. Upcoming exhibitions include looking at the shared meaning of being a Native person living in New York today.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 7 June 2020
  • Return date: Saturday 13 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £1100
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, activity costs, cultural activities,  food & drink, visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 10 February 2020 9am