The Use of Simulation Based Learning: With Bachelor of Science Pharmaceutical Science and PharmD Students

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Background and purpose: Interprofessional education between bachelor of science pharmaceutical science (BSPS) students and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students is rare. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, more than 80% of medical schools incorporate simulation based teaching within all four years of the curriculum. Educational activity and setting: The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy healthcare simulation lab has developed integrated educational opportunities for both groups of students by offering independent study opportunities that allow BSPS students to collaborate with PharmD students. A recent example of this model includes BSPS student development of patient cases which are integrated into high-fidelity human patient simulators with faculty assistance. A senior BSPS student researched and designed four clinical patient cases which were presented to P3 pharmacy students. Findings: In all four cases, there was an increase in knowledge and attitudes following the simulation. Qualitative comments from students noted the importance of patient education and an enhanced ability to manage disease and side effects. Summary: The nature of the simulation lab at the University of Rhode Island is a platform that can be modeled by other institutions with both PharmD and BSPS programs.

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Journal of Pharmacy Practice