Implementation of a Capstone Pharmacotherapeutics Course in the Entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Authors

  • Judy W M Cheng Long Island University, New York
  • Brooke Fidler Long Island University, New York
  • Jack M Rosenberg Long Island University, New York
  • Linda Mihm Long Island University, New York

Keywords:

Pharmacotherapeutics, Capstone course, Doctor of pharmacy program, Pharmaceutical care

Abstract

This project was to implement a ”capstone” pharma- cotherapeuticscourse to: (1) Developstudents’ abilityin assemblingknowledgefrom previouscourses; (2)Expose students to different aspects of pharmacypractice. The course consisted of 3-h lecture, 1-h recitation and 1-h group project per week. Topics covered include: patient managementissues in ambulatorycare, critical care, long term care and hospice care, and providing pharrnaceu- ticalconsultation.Studentswere dividedintogroupsand assigned projects to complete and present towards the end of the semester. Projects included developing drug formulary kits, medication utilizationcriteria, education symposiums and providing medical-legal and market- ing consultation. Overall, students performed well in the course (class average 84%). Students provided neutral feedback to whether the course had achieved its objectives. More assessment in problem-solving skills and student feedback needs to be obtained in order to justify whether this course helps students to apply the growing body of pharmaceuticalknowledge. 

Author Biographies

Judy W M Cheng, Long Island University, New York

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Brooke Fidler, Long Island University, New York

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Jack M Rosenberg, Long Island University, New York

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Linda Mihm, Long Island University, New York

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Published

15/09/2002

Issue

Section

Research Article