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Am J Pharm Educ. 2007 Oct 15;71(5):84.

Impact of a diabetes certificate program on PharmD students' knowledge and skills.

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Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA. ryan_gj@mercer.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the impact of a pregraduation diabetes certificate program on PharmD students' knowledge and skills.

METHODS:

A comprehensive elective in diabetes was created and implemented in the third-professional year of the PharmD curriculum. A nonrandomized, single-blinded, controlled, 2-year study was conducted to determine the impact of the elective. Written and oral examinations were administered to the participants and students in a control group.

RESULTS:

The certificate students' (N = 25) and control students' (N = 12) average oral examination grades were 88.5% +/- 13.4% and 89.5% +/- 15.8%, respectively (p = 0.58). The certificate students' average grade on the counseling section of the oral examination was 9% higher than that of the students in the control group (p = 0.01). The certificate students' and control students' grades on the written examination were 80.9 +/- 11.1% and 61.1 +/- 17.4% (p = 0.0062), respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

A diabetes certificate program improved students' knowledge of diabetes disease state management and patient education skills compared to students who did not take the elective.

KEYWORDS:

assessment; certificate; diabetes; diabetes certificate program

PMID:
17998981
PMCID:
PMC2064882
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