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Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Dec 12;76(10):198. doi: 10.5688/ajpe7610198.

An active-learning laboratory on immunizations.

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Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA 23298-0533, USA. KLDonohoe@vcu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To implement and evaluate an active-learning laboratory activity to teach pharmacy students about influenza, pneumococcal, and shingles vaccines.

DESIGN:

The laboratory session was divided into 6 immunization stations: 3 stations on influenza including a pediatrics station, and 1 station each for pneumococcal, shingles, and anaphylaxis.

ASSESSMENT:

Although 118 of 123 (95.9%) students had completed an immunization training certificate prior to attending the laboratory, the average score on a pre-assessment to measure immunization knowledge and confidence was 56%. The post-assessment score was 87.4%. Students' confidence improved by 18.7% to 51.2% in each of the 5 areas assessed. Most respondents rated the activity overall as good or excellent on a post-activity evaluation.

CONCLUSION:

An active-learning approach to teaching immunizations allowed students to gain knowledge in simulated real-world experiences and reinforced key concepts on influenza, pneumococcal, and shingles vaccines.

KEYWORDS:

active-learning; immunization; laboratory; pharmacy students

PMID:
23275663
PMCID:
PMC3530060
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe7610198
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