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Am J Pharm Educ. 2014 Apr 17;78(3):51. doi: 10.5688/ajpe78351.

Education in pediatrics in US colleges and schools of pharmacy.

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1
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.
2
Wegmans School of Pharmacy, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the extent to which pediatrics is taught at US doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) programs and to characterize what is being taught and how.

METHODS:

A 40-question online survey instrument was sent to accredited and candidate-status US PharmD programs.

RESULTS:

Of 86 participating programs (67.2% response rate), 81 (94.2%) indicated that pediatric topics were included in their required classroom curricula (mean, 21.9 contact hours). A pediatric elective course was offered by 61.0% of programs (mean, 25.9 contact hours). Advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) in pediatrics were offered by 97.4% of programs, with an average of 27 students per program completing this practice experience annually.

CONCLUSIONS:

Almost all responding programs incorporated pediatrics in their required curricula. Pediatric elective courses provided an adequate mean number of contact hours, but 39.0% of programs did not offer an elective course. One-fifth of students completed a pediatric APPE prior to graduation. Continued expansion of pediatric-focused classroom and experiential curricula across US PharmD programs is recommended.

KEYWORDS:

curriculum; pediatrics; pharmacy education

PMID:
24761012
PMCID:
PMC3996383
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe78351
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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