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Effect of pharmacy practice program on pharmacy student learning, satisfaction, and efficiency: assessment of introductory pharmacy practice course



Effect of pharmacy practice program on pharmacy student learning, satisfaction, and efficiency: assessment of introductory pharmacy practice course



Journal of Pharmacy Practice 27(1): 89-100



The Lebanese American University (LAU) offers first-year pharmacy students with Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) courses comprising various activities that provide students with direct patient contact so that they can be geared up for "real-world" pharmacy practice. Routine assessment and improvement in these courses are imperative to ensure efficiency of these courses. This study was conducted to evaluate the quality of our IPPEs courses, determine its impact on student learning and satisfaction, and identify shortcomings in the program for quality improvement purposes. A literature review-based questionnaire, consisting of 76 questions with a response options following a 4-point scale (strongly agree = 4 to strongly disagree = 1), was completed by 92 first professional year pharmacy students who finished their hospital and community IPPE at LAU. The students reported a high degree of satisfaction in community and hospital sites in terms of site selection, program schedule, site and school preceptors, and overall satisfaction with the experience. Compared to the hospital setting, students practicing in the community reported significantly higher scores in overall satisfaction. Besides the high satisfaction rate, our results identified improvement measures in some aspects of the program. Our IPPE program serves as a successful experiential learning for pharmacy students.

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DOI: 10.1177/0897190013489575


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