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Description of an Introductory Course Designed to Socialize Pharmacy Students (Galley)

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Barry L. Carter, Beverly J. Brunson, Catherine L. Hatfield, and Robert J. Valuck


American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Vol. 64, No. 2 (2000)
DOI: aj640209.pdf




American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy


This paper describes an introductory course designed to socialize first-year PharmD students. The course was delivered 6-7 hours daily for two weeks. Students had to attend all assigned sessions and complete all assigned work in order to successfully pass the course and officially enter the professional curriculum. The course used a combination of large group discussions and small team exercises. These were designed to provide active learning strategies, but to also orient the students to the type of instruction and team exercises they would have during the remainder of the curriculum. Topics discussed included roles of faculty, responsibilities of different types of pharmacists, time management, active learning strategies, the curriculum, developing a personal mission statement, pharmaceutical care and drug misadventuring. Ninety-one students were enrolled in the course and they all successfully completed this course. The course was very well received by the students based upon the enthusiasm in the course and written evaluations. The highlight of the course for many students was a white coat ceremony at the end that symbolized their passage into the professional program. This introductory course has been one factor that has improved the professionalism of the students and it may be useful to other colleges and schools of pharmacy.

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