Implementation and assessment of a pulmonary diseases elective course for third-year pharmacy students

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Background: Given the significant public health burden of pulmonary diseases and the vital role pharmacists play in management across the continuum of care (and within transitions in care), an elective course for pharmacy students focused on pulmonary diseases was developed. Educational activity: A month-long elective course for third-year pharmacy students consisting of 12 class sessions delivered in two-hour periods three times per week, was implemented. The course was delivered using the team-based learning (TBL) format in addition to hands-on skills and simulation sessions. Knowledge and skills assessments were administered before and after completion of the course. Student perceptions of self-confidence and ability regarding management of pulmonary diseases pre- and post-course and their perceptions of the course and TBL as a teaching strategy for this course were evaluated upon course completion. Critical analysis: Nine students completed the course. Mean scores on knowledge and skills assessment significantly improved after completion of the course (54.5% pre-course vs. 79.3% post-course; p < 0.05% and 60.3% pre-course vs. 93.2% post-course; p < 0.05, respectively). Student perceptions of their ability to care for patients with pulmonary diseases significantly increased, compared to pre-assessments, in all areas taught in the course (p< 0.05). Additionally, students’ confidence in managing specific disease states significantly improved in all areas (p < 0.05) except for spirometry (p = 0.06). Students’ knowledge, skills, and confidence regarding management of common pulmonary disease states improved following this month-long elective course delivered using a combination of TBL activities and hands-on skills sessions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-578
Number of pages8
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018

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Pharmacy Students
Pulmonary diseases
Lung Diseases
Students
Aptitude
Learning
Patient Transfer
Continuity of Patient Care
Spirometry
Pharmacists
Patient Care
Teaching
Public Health
Public health
Education

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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