Objective: To develop and implement a 2-hour elective course to reinforce clinical aspects of various commonly prescribed medications and identify important differences between various drug classes.
Design: Drugs and drug classes were systematically and chronologically presented to highlight "clinical pearls" and subtle differences, and provide a framework that facilitates learning.
Assessment: Learning was assessed via 3 paper-based examinations, a written drug consult, and a comprehensive final examination. Students performed well on the examination and rated the course favorably on standardized evaluations.
Conclusion: The RX File course proved to be a popular elective which appears to meet a niche by providing a course that supplements and complements the existing curriculum by providing detailed information on the clinical aspects of medications.
Keywords: curriculum; elective; pharmacology; prescription medications.