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Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Jun 18;76(5):85. doi: 10.5688/ajpe76585.

A model for partnering first-year student pharmacists with community-based older adults.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, 53705-2222, USA. bamartin@pharmacy.wisc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To design, integrate, and assess the effectiveness of an introductory pharmacy practice experience intended to redefine first-year student pharmacists' views on aging and medication use through their work with a healthy, community-based older-adult population.

DESIGN:

All students (N = 273) completed live skills training in an 8-hour boot camp provided during orientation week. Teams were assigned an independently living senior partner, completed 10 visits and reflections, and documented health-related information using an electronic portfolio (e-portfolio).

ASSESSMENT:

As determined by pre- and post-experience survey instruments, students gained significant confidence in 7 skill areas related to communication, medication interviews, involving the partner in health care, and applying patient-care skills. Student reflections, in-class presentations, and e-portfolios documented that personal attitudes toward seniors changed over time. Senior partners enjoyed mentoring and interacting with students and many experienced health improvements as a result of the interaction.

CONCLUSIONS:

The model for partnering first-year student pharmacists with community-based older adults improved students' skills and fostered their connections to pharmacist roles and growth as person-centered providers.

KEYWORDS:

geriatrics; introductory pharmacy practice experience; senior mentor; senior partner

PMID:
22761526
PMCID:
PMC3386036
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe76585
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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