Category: Fellows Posters
Pharmacists play a crucial role in medication safety, therefore need effective educational resources and training in this area. A newly developed online medication safety professional elective course that incorporated audio lectures and required online discussion included an assignment that required students to develop and present a group audio presentation about medication safety topic. This report describes the online presentations assignment and student interactions with the posted presentations to determine which topics were of greatest interest to students. This information will assist in choosing future topics for course inclusion and updating the assignment to optimize student learning and participation.
Third professional-year PharmD students enrolled in an online elective course provided by MCPHS-Boston were assigned to 7 small groups (4-5 each), where they were required to:
• Design 20-30 minute length audio PowerPoint presentations reviewing a medication safety topic
• Discuss the pharmacist’s role in the scope of the topic, and
• Submit the presentation to be posted for all other enrolled students to view online
Students had one week to view all 7 audio presentations, make required discussion board posts, and submit a group peer evaluation form. Titles of the submitted presentations were: “Mobile Apps to Improve Medication Adherence”, “Opioid Epidemic: How Pharmacists Can Help”, “Role of Pharmacist in Geriatric Medication Safety Issues”, “Medication Reconciliation”, “Pediatric Medication Safety Issues”, “Black Box Warning and Safety Issues for the past 2-3 years” and “Drugs Removed from the Market in the Past 10 Years for Safety Concerns”.
Pharmacy fellows participated in facilitating online discussion in regard to the presentations made and in analyzing course utilization statistics. To assess which group topic attracted the most attention, the number of clicks on each presentation on the course website was recorded after completion of the semester.
Over the past decade, medication safety has gained emphasis as a major health issue and a public health concern. Pharmacists can detect and advert many medication discrepancies and potentially avoiding adverse drug events. Increasing use of technology could why students were more interested in the mobile app presentations, although information about recent black box warnings is also important for students to review. These results will be utilized by course instructors to further develop course materials and presented to our faculty involved in curriculum development to explore optimal techniques to deliver essential course content.