Publication Record: Spring 2015

UM-CoP Faculty continue to innovate in the new curriculum and to share their insights with pharmacy educators.   Below is a roundup of our recent publications.

Assessment and Evaluation

Cultural Competence Instruction

In this article, Dr. Olihe Okoro presents her work with former colleagues at the University of Florida where they examined clinical cultural competency in third year pharmacy students over three years. During this time period, cultural competency and health disparities material was added to the curriculum in a second year communications course. Are you interested in how students rate their own cultural competency? Are you intrigued by the different ways to measure a student’s cultural competency knowledge and skills? Read the full article on cultural competence instruction here.

StrengthsFinder Signature Themes of Students at Five Pharmacy Schools

Dr. Kristin Janke and Dr. Todd Sorensen collaborated with faculty at four other Midwestern pharmacy schools to describe and compare student’s Signature Themes (i.e. talents). The authors looked across gender and institution, and compared with the undergraduate population.  Do we disproportionately draw certain talents to the profession?  Can you guess what the top Signature Themes for student pharmacists might be?   Read the full article here.

Course and Curriculum Design

Emotional Intelligence in Pharmacy Curricula

Dr. Kerry Fierke and Dr. Kristin Janke have been working with faculty at Regis University College of Pharmacy to explore Emotional Intelligence (EI) in pharmacy students. This statement paper makes the case for why pharmacy schools should look to EI when designing competencies for professionalism and self-awareness. Are you looking to incorporate EI in your work with students?  Read the full article for recommendations.

Related Issues in Pharmacy Education

Student Attitudes toward Debt

Pharmacy student debt is a real concern for the profession. In this article, Dr. Ron Hadsall and a former UM-CoP graduate student, Dr. Taehwan Park, developed an instrument to measure attitudes, analyzed the instrument and reported the themes found.  To learn more about the demographic factors that appear to influence tolerance to debt, read the full article here.

Board of Advisors’ Influence in a Highly Ranked College of Pharmacy

A Board of Advisors has the potential to benefit a college of pharmacy in many ways. In this article, the authors, Dr. Kerry Fierke, Dean Marilyn Speedie, Dr. Lowell Anderson, and Dr. Jason Varin, examined reports from the Board of Advisors over a 10 year time period. Their findings are detailed here.