An elective course to introduce clinical pearls related to commonly prescribed medications

Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 Nov 12;73(7):117. doi: 10.5688/aj7307117.


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.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Comprehension
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Prescription Drugs* / classification
  • Prescription Drugs* / therapeutic use
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Students, Pharmacy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Prescription Drugs