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J Dent Educ. 2014 Sep;78(9):1313-8.

Interprofessional pharmacy observation activity for third-year dental students.

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Dr. Conway is Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy; Dr. Smith is Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy; Dr. Truong is Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy; and Ms. Shadid is Director of Outpatient Pharmacy Operations and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. susan-conway@ouhsc.edu.
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Dr. Conway is Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy; Dr. Smith is Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy; Dr. Truong is Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy; and Ms. Shadid is Director of Outpatient Pharmacy Operations and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.

Abstract

Interprofessional learning is a key component of today's health sciences education. Within a two-course series in dental pharmacology and therapeutics, a dental curriculum was revised to provide an interprofessional activity to expose dental students to a community pharmacy setting. The objectives of this activity were to augment students' learning about drug laws and prescription writing, as well as to foster interprofessional relationships and collaboration between pharmacists and dentists. Dental students were scheduled for one-hour observations at community pharmacies on campus. Learning objectives to guide this activity focused on demonstrating community pharmacy operating procedures, identifying ways to minimize prescribing and dosing errors, and understanding how pharmacists can assist dentists in prescribing. Following the observation, students were required to submit a written assignment, which accounted for 14 percent of their course grade. All 119 dental students (100 percent) enrolled in the course for the summers of 2012 and 2013 completed the activity. The average grade on the written assignment was 96.2 out of 100. At the end of the course, students were asked to participate in an online course evaluation survey, for which response rates were 37 percent and 43 percent for 2012 and 2013, respectively. The students rated the pharmacy observation activity favorably on this course evaluation. The pharmacy observation activity provided a successful interprofessional component to the didactic pharmacy course and was well received by the dental students as well as the community pharmacists.

KEYWORDS:

dental education; dental pharmacology; interprofessional education; interprofessional learning; prescribing

PMID:
25179928
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