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Pharmacist-led workshops to enhance pharmacotherapy knowledge for medical students.
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PMID:  23530672     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: Graduating medical students have reported concern regarding inadequate training in pharmacotherapy. Teaching by clinical pharmacists may improve medical students' pharmacotherapy knowledge. Purpose: To assess the impact of pharmacist led workshops on 4th year medical students' knowledge of pharmacotherapy and satisfaction. Methods: Senior medical students enrolled in intensive care unit rotations at a US medical school were randomized to an intervention of pharmacist led case-based workshops or a control group without an explicit pharmacotherapy curriculum. Intervention group students attended four weekly 1-hour workshops that covered topics in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug interactions and toxicity. A multiple-choice test of clinical vignettes assessed students' knowledge of pharmacotherapy. An end of clerkship survey assessed student satisfaction with teaching. Results: Of 176 medical students eligible, 148 agreed to participate and were randomized to the intervention (n = 63) or control groups (n = 85). Student satisfaction with pharmacist led workshops was high. End of clerkship performance on clinical vignettes (minimum score 0, maximum 100) was similar between the groups (mean score 47 (SD = 12.2) for intervention vs 44 (SD = 13.0) for control group, p = 0.16). On end of clerkship survey, only 8% of control group students agreed or strongly agreed that the standard curriculum provided sufficient teaching in pharmacotherapy. The majority of students (82%) felt that pharmacotherapy should be taught formally in the clinical years. Conclusion: Pharmacist led workshops on pharmacotherapy were well received by senior medical students but did not improve performance on a test of pharmacotherapy knowledge. Further study is needed to define optimal strategies for improving medical students' pharmacotherapy knowledge.
Sarang Kim; Laura Willett; Frank Hughes; Jag Sunderram; John A Walker; Judy A Shea
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Teaching and learning in medicine     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1532-8015     ISO Abbreviation:  Teach Learn Med     Publication Date:    2013 Apr-Jun
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Created Date:  2013-03-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8910884     Medline TA:  Teach Learn Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  118-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Department of Medicine , UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School , New Brunswick , New Jersey , USA.
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