Partners in pharmacy: An intraprofessional educational event with pharmacy and pharmacy technician students
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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Upon graduation and licensing, pharmacists work very closely with pharmacy technicians. Despite this, opportunities for learning together as students are limited. We developed and implemented a pilot intraprofessional event for pharmacy and pharmacy technician students. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the perceived value and learner confidence through analysis of participant feedback. EDUCATION ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Pharmacy students from the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and pharmacy technician students from Lambton College participated in an intraprofessional event that included a three-station practice objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) and a case discussion regarding a methadone dispensing error, followed by a facilitated debrief. Upon completion of the event, students were invited to complete an online feedback questionnaire. FINDINGS: Twenty-one pharmacy students and 22 pharmacy technician students participated in the event. Twenty-one students completed the questionnaire, for a response rate of 49%. The majority of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the event enhanced learning and confidence in working together to provide interprofessional care. Students seemed to find the OSCE to be particularly valuable. Feedback suggestions for improvement indicated a desire for more activities and time allocated to the event. SUMMARY: We designed and implemented a pilot intraprofessional event that was well-received by pharmacy students and pharmacy technician students. This supports the development of future similar events.
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