Evaluation of Third Year Doctor of Pharmacy Students’ Attitudes, Perceptions, and Behaviours on their Elective Decisions

Authors

  • Diane E Hadley University of the Sciences - Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration, Pennsylvania
  • Lisa Lebovit University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Donna Huynh First Databank Inc., South San Francisco, California
  • Charmaine Rochester University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, Baltimore, Maryland

Keywords:

Electives, Internal Factors, External Factors, Doctor of Pharmacy Students

Abstract

Background: The establishment of a University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) satellite campus, in conjunction with curricular changes, produced a challenge of ensuring that both campuses received equal access to electives. 

Aims: The aim is to characterise UMSOP third year doctor of pharmacy (P3)  students’ attitudes, perceptions, and behaviours toward their Autumn 2011 and Spring 2012 elective decisions at UMSOP.  The primary outcome focused on determining if elective decisions were driven by internal or external factors. Secondarily the drop/audit process and student’s feedback on elective improvement were assessed.

Method: An IRB approved prospective survey evaluated UMSOP P3 students’ responses.

Results: A response rate of 58% was achieved with a higher frequency of internal factors affecting elective decisions. 

Conclusion: Internal factors drove elective decisions compared to external factors in UMSOP P3 students.

Author Biographies

Diane E Hadley, University of the Sciences - Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration, Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor in Clinical Pharmacy

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration  

Lisa Lebovit, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, Maryland

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs 

Donna Huynh, First Databank Inc., South San Francisco, California

Clinical Pharmacist

Charmaine Rochester, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, Baltimore, Maryland

Associate Professor 

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Published

09/10/2014

Issue

Section

Research Article