Assessment of an Elective in Antibacterial Pharmacotherapy

Authors

  • Paul P Belliveau Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Manchester Campus 1260 Elm Street, Manchester, NH, 03051
  • Ronald Debellis Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester Campus, 19 Foster Street, Worcester, MA, 01608
  • Gary R Tataronis Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston Campus, 179 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115
  • Courtney I Jarvis Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester Campus, 19 Foster Street, Worcester, MA, 01608
  • Michael J Steinberg Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester Campus, 19 Foster Street, Worcester, MA, 01608

Keywords:

Antibacterials, Antibiotics, Assessment, Education, Infectious Diseases

Abstract

The objective of this assessment was to compare antibacterial pharmacotherapy test performance for students who have and have not taken an antibacterial pharmacotherapy elective. Students took a pre-exam covering topics that would be subsequently taught in the anti-infectives module of Pharmacotherapeutics. Scores for the pre-exam and the two actual Pharmacotherapeutics exams covering this material were compared between students who had (intervention, n=56) and had not (control, n=65) taken a previously offered elective class on antibacterial pharmacotherapy. Mean scores on the pre-exam (50.7% versus 30.6%, p< 0.05) and the first Pharmacotherapeutics exam (80.2% versus 76.3%, p < 0.05) were significantly higher for the intervention students.Mean scores on the second Pharmacotherapeutics exam were not statistically different (84.4% versus 81.9%, p = 0.05). Students who take an antibacterial pharmacotherapy elective have greater antibacterial knowledge upon entering Pharmacotherapeutics and perform better on infectious diseases Pharmacotherapeutics exams containing information related to antibacterial pharmacotherapy.

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Research Article