Implementation of an electronic medical record simulation activity aligned with the Pharmacist Patient Care Process in an ambulatory care elective course

Jessica W Skelley, Jordan L Wulz, Anne Marie Thibodeaux


This manuscript evaluates the introduction of an electronic medical record (EMR) simulation activity aligned with the steps of the Pharmacist Patient Care Process (PPCP) in an ambulatory care elective course. The exercise spanned multiple days and provided students with both formative and summative feedback using a rubric. A survey consisting of 16 items focused on attitudes towards and confidence in using EMR’s and the PPCP was administered prior to and following completion of the activity.

Prior to the activity, 61% of participating students had never used an EMR. Survey responses demonstrated statistically significant changes on three of the questions that dealt with pharmacist skills and knowledge, benefits of an EMR in didactic coursework, and confidence in documenting clinical activities. Feedback on the activity was highly positive, with students expressing appreciation for the opportunity to develop both competence and confidence in using an EMR and the application of the PPCP. 


Ambulatory Care, Elective, Electronic Medical Record, Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process, Simulation

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