Evaluation of pharmaceutical care opportunities within an advanced pharmacy practice experience

Am J Pharm Educ. 2006 Jun 15;70(3):49. doi: 10.5688/aj700349.


Objective: To determine the nature and extent of learning opportunities presented to students during a community advanced pharmacy practice experience.

Methods: Learning opportunities were determined by reviewing students' portfolios. The numbers of unique learning opportunities in which students were engaged were calculated.

Results: While all students had ample opportunities to participate in consultations involving the assessment of new and refill prescriptions and nonprescription drugs, only 78% of students had the opportunity to engage in even 1 comprehensive pharmaceutical care consult over an 8-week period. Students' experiences in providing follow-up care, participating in a patient care project, and shadowing another healthcare professional were also limited.

Conclusion: Analysis of the student portfolios suggested that the learning environment did not provide students with adequate opportunities to develop pharmaceutical care competencies.

MeSH terms

  • Community Pharmacy Services
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Humans
  • Job Description*
  • Learning
  • Pharmacists*