CASE STUDY. Educational program for pharmacists at a multifacility academic medical center

Saenz, Rafael; Skledar, Susan J.; Yourich, Bryan; Mark, Scott M.
August 2010
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy;8/15/2010, Vol. 67 Issue 16, p1368
Academic Journal
Case Study
Purpose. An educational program for pharmacists in a multifacility health care setting is described. Summary. The expansion of pharmacy services at a university medical center from a centralized to a decentralized, unit-based model created the need for enhanced education of staff pharmacists. A steering committee with pharmacy department and school of pharmacy representation surveyed educational and professional needs related to the expanded services. Pharmacists indicated that they needed an educational program that was comprehensive, interactive, and accessible to all shifts. Pharmacy school clinical faculty members provided most of the initial educational sessions, which combined didactic presentations and case-based discussion. The needs survey was used in selecting topics that were most relevant to the pharmacists' expanded practice. Each major topic was covered in a series of one-hour sessions held at two-week intervals and scheduled at a time convenient for afternoon-shift pharmacists. Incentives were offered to encourage participation. The live presentations were recorded with video-streaming technology and made available via the Internet to pharmacists on all shifts in all facilities of the health system as well as to faculty members. Since program implementation in 2005, attendance at the live sessions has averaged 25. In postimplementation surveys, pharmacists indicated that the program was meeting their needs and improving patient care. Since 2008, pharmacists have been able to earn continuing-education (CE) credit for the sessions. Conclusion. A collaborative educational series with online access, clinical content, and CE credit has been effective in meeting pharmacists' needs in a multifacility health care setting.


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