Development of the Student Pharmacist Inventory of Professional Engagement (S-PIPE)
Why is professional engagement important?
This work complements and builds on our work related to student pharmacist professionalism. Our students self-assess five domains of professionalism; the Citizenship and Professional Engagement domain is regularly rated the lowest. To understand why, we are seeking to better define and measure professional engagement in student pharmacists. Engagement, conceptualized in various forms, is linked to positive outcomes. School engagement is correlated to academic performance. Work engagement is correlated to worker productivity and job satisfaction. Unfortunately, these other types of engagement don’t adequately capture the engagement of developing professionals, which includes activity outside the classroom, but not necessarily as an employee.
Why is this instrument development needed?
Along with patient care related competencies, professional engagement is a major intended outcome of pharmacy programs. By being able to measure professional engagement, educators and administrators can gain an improved understanding of the factors that influence it, the process by which students become engaged, and the impact of interventions to improve it.
For more on Professional Engagement at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, visit the W-CISPE Website.
For more information:
Project Lead: Ben Aronson, Pharm.D., Ph.D. Candidate
Additional Team Members: Kristin Janke, Ph.D.