Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Response: We Need to Be Smarter Than Our Smartphones

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Response: We Need to Be Smarter Than Our Smartphones

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To the Editor: We thank Drs. Wissman and Hogan for their response to our commentary, which appeared in the April 2018 issue of the Journal, "Smartphones, Memory, and Pharmacy Education." (1) In their response, they recommended the use of smartphones in pharmacy education as not only devices to look up information but also as learning tools to "expand [students'] knowledgebase." (2) There are many applications designed to enhance and assess learning in the modern environment including those specific to pharmacy education. For example, My Dispense provides a simulated environment that allows pharmacy students to acquire dispensing knowledge, to self-assess their dispensing accuracy, and to develop interpersonal skills. (2) We, as pharmacy educators, should be maximizing the use of these types of technologies to enrich the educational experiences of our students.

In addition, you proposed extending the use of technology to clinical practice but cautioned that inconsistencies and inaccuracies exist within some online medical resources. To this point, it is not only an imperative to provide students with foundational knowledge but also with critical thinking skills. Students and practitioners should not be using information from online resources without considering context, but rather, they should be applying their pharmacy education to determine if the information provided is both accurate and consistent with their recognition of conflicting information. …

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