American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education is the official publication of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education provides professionals, graduate students, and postgraduates with information on the latest advances in pharmaceutical education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education includes research articles, editorials, descriptions of teaching innovations, and book reviews.

Articles from Vol. 79, No. 8, October

A Model for Assessing Reflective Practices in Pharmacy Education
INTRODUCTION Learning never ceases in a professional career, and the pharmacy profession is no exception. The introduction of new medications and recognition of new and complex medication interactions along with diagnostic and technical developments...
An Assessment of Service-Learning in 34 US Schools of Pharmacy Follow Up on the 2001 Professional Affairs Committee Report
INTRODUCTION The pharmacy profession continues to evolve in response to societal needs by taking a more active role in direct patient care. To develop pharmacists who will meet these needs, a learning method that has gained attention in the pharmacy...
An Educational Board Game to Assist PharmD Students in Learning Autonomic Nervous System Pharmacology
INTRODUCTION Autonomic nervous system pharmacology can be a difficult concept for students at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP). The topic immediately follows principles of pharmacology lectures (eg, receptor theory, dose-response...
An International Perspective on Pharmacy Student Selection Policies and Processes
INTRODUCTION Worldwide, the profession of pharmacy is changing its focus from being a product-oriented to a patient-centered approach. (1) Governments and funders increasingly recognize the role of pharmacists as medication/drug experts being pivotal...
Are We Following Evidence-Based Education?
I started this academic year by paging through one of my favorite books, Brookfield's Being a Critically Reflective Teacher. (1) This work helps me reflect on my experiences as an editor, faculty developer, and instructor. I reflected on how we ask...
Assessment of a Revised Method for Evaluating Peer-Graded Assignments in a Skills-Based Course Sequence
INTRODUCTION The formulation and documentation of patient care plans is a skill central to the provision of patient-centered care, supported by the Center for Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) 2013 Educational Outcomes. (1) To teach and evaluate...
Economic Analysis of Obtaining a PharmD Degree and Career as a Pharmacist
INTRODUCTION In recent years, the US economy, with its increasing challenges, has put traditional investment strategies and positions in question. Moreover, this increased economic uncertainty has been associated with intense scrutiny and critical...
Evaluation of Clinical and Communication Skills of Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists with an Objective Structured Clinical Examination
INTRODUCTION Multiple-choice testing is a widely implemented method used to assess student performance in doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) programs. However, this form of testing may not be the best way to assess clinical and communication skills. Health...
Has the Time Come for a Bachelor's Degree Prerequisite to Pharmacy School?
During my 10 years as an experiential education director, I have come to resolutely believe that students learn best using a holistic approach of both content and learning environment--in other words, experience is essential. I opted to "track-in"...
Is It Time to Decrease Preprofessional Pharmacy Requirements?
Academia, as a whole, is poised for a dramatic paradigm shift in terms of the utility and value of a formal degree from a higher education institution. In preparation for this shift, I suggest the academy consider decreasing preprofessional requirements....
Knowledge and Perceptions of Pharmacy Students in Qatar on Anti-Doping in Sports and on Sports Pharmacy in Undergraduate Curricula
INTRODUCTION Sports have substantial socioeconomic and political importance worldwide and are today considered an integral part of society. (1) Pharmacists can be the first port of call for people engaging in sports who require advice on drug treatment...
Making a Curricular Commitment to Continuing Professional Development in Doctor of Pharmacy Programs
INTRODUCTION In its 2003 report, Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) referenced commitment to lifelong learning among the competencies that health professionals should possess. (1) Additionally, the...
Process and Performance Outcomes of a Nontraditional Postbaccalaureate PharmD Program Geared toward Internationally Trained Pharmacists
INTRODUCTION The International Postbaccalaureate PharmD (IPBP) program, established in 2003 at the Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) College of Pharmacy, is one of the few schools in the nation to offer this option. The program attracts...
Report of the 2014-2015 AACP Standing Committee on Advocacy: Access, Affordability and Accountability: Academic Pharmacy's Approaches and Challenges in Addressing Issues of Higher Education Policy
INTRODUCTION According to the bylaws of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Advocacy Committee: "will advise the Board of Directors on the formation of positions on matters of public policy and on strategies to advance those...
Report of the 2014-2015 Academic Affairs Standing Committee: Addressing Affordability, Accessibility, and Accountability
Background and Charges According to the Bylaws of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Academic Affairs Committee shall consider "... the intellectual, social, and personal aspects of pharmaceutical education. It is expected...
Report of the 2014-2015 Professional Affairs Standing Committee: Producing Practice-Ready Pharmacy Graduates in an Era of Value-Based Health Care
Background and Charges According to the Bylaws of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Professional Affairs Committee is to study issues associated with the professional practice of pharmacy as they relate to pharmaceutical...
Sequencing of Simulation and Clinic Experiences in an Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience
INTRODUCTION The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) requires that almost one-third of the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum consists of experiential education, which is delivered in introductory pharmacy practice experiences...
The Impact of Prematriculation Admission Characteristics on Graduation Rates in an Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy Program
INTRODUCTION The process of making admission decisions for pharmacy school applicants is complex and imperfect. A recent report by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy noted that a majority (75.2%) of students applying for colleges and...
The University of Everywhere: Report of the Executive Vice President to the House of Delegates
Good morning and thank you for this annual opportunity to report to the House of Delegates on the work of the Association. This is my 14th such presentation and like past years I have tried to identify the most salient elements of the past year that...
Using Radar Plots for Curricular Mapping to Visualize Assessment in a New Doctor of Pharmacy Program
INTRODUCTION Curricular mapping is the process of making connections between the curriculum and other components of a program, such as its mission and competencies. (1) It is a way of making the curriculum more transparent to stakeholders and may...
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