Practical therapeutics: an innovative residency drug education curriculum

Fam Med. 2004 Apr;36(4):236-8.


Objectives: We developed and implemented a drug education curriculum for family medicine residents.

Methods: Bimonthly 45-minute sessions include annual coverage of commonly prescribed drug classes and other medications of interest. Faculty and residents prepare session materials, including an evidence based summary handout, patient case examples, and a short test in advance.

Results: Statistical analysis comparing pre- and post-session test scores demonstrated highly significant improvement in participant knowledge. Participant feedback revealed 100% satisfaction with the program.

Conclusions: This drug education curriculum is well liked and effective. Such pharmacotherapy education may reduce adverse drug events and improve patient health.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Clinical Competence
  • Curriculum*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Pharmacology, Clinical / education*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation