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Redesign of a Drug Information Resources Course: Responding to the Needs of Nontraditional PharmD Students (Galley)

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Therese I. Poirier and Robert Laux


American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Vol. 61, No. 3 (1997)
DOI: aj6103306.pdf




American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy


The required two credit drug information resource course in the Doctor of Pharmacy program was redesigned to meet the needs of the nontraditional PharmD program. The self-study drug information modules in the “Clinical Skills” program from ASHP and the computer-assisted drug information software (Dl-Learn) from the University of Arizona were utilized. The structure of the course was changed from a focus on didactic teaching (weekly two hour lectures) supplemented with drug information laboratory to self-study learning, computerassisted instruction, and recitations. The recitations emphasized a systematic approach to information requests. Both assigned questions and questions from the student’s practice site were discussed. The students were also introduced to sources of information available on the Internet. An assignment to evaluate the accuracy of drug information from pharmaceutical sales representatives was added. Another addition to the course was an evaluation of ethical issues with a drug information question received from the practice site. The significant redesign of a drug information course was viewed and evaluated as a positive enhancement and is especially suitable for nontraditional PharmD students.

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