American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
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Objective. To assess the impact of an interactive activity on student pharmacists’ confidence in answering oncology-related questions and their perceptions of an oncology pharmacists’ roles in practice.
Methods. Two cohorts (2016 and 2017) of third-year student pharmacists completed a two-hour, interactive, four-station activity during the fourth week of an oncology module. Each station simulated a different oncology-related scenario that represented a specific practice settings. Pre- and post-activity surveys were administered to determine changes in students’ confidence levels and perceptions.
Results. Over the two years, 66 student pharmacists completed the pre- and post-activity survey instruments. In both cohorts, there was a significant increase in scores on all items regarding students’ confidence. Student pharmacists’ perceptions of pharmacists' roles also improved significantly.
Conclusion. The simulation activity was effective as confirmed by improvement in student pharmacists’ post-activity scores on confidence and perception. Determining student pharmacists’ comfort in responding to oncology scenarios is important to prepare them for practice in any setting.
Oncology practice, student pharmacists, knowledge, confidence, perception, chemotherapy
Ledbetter, Elizabeth; Lau, Scarlet; Enterline, Andrea; Sibbitt, Bethany; and Chen, Aleda, "A Simulation Activity to Assess Student Pharmacists' Knowledge and Perceptions of Oncology Pharmacy" (2020). Pharmacy Practice Faculty Publications. 413.