Elective course on medication therapy management services

Am J Pharm Educ. 2010 Apr 12;74(3):40. doi: 10.5688/aj740340.


Objectives: To determine the impact of active-learning strategies in a medication therapy management (MTM) elective on pharmacy students' preparedness to participate in real-life MTM counseling sessions.

Design: The elective included active-learning assignments such as patient cases, group discussions, role playing, and use of actual patients to prepare students for MTM services.

Assessment: A survey was administered before (week 11) and after (week 15) completing a face-to-face comprehensive medication review (CMR) to evaluate achievement of course objectives and students' preparedness to participate in MTM. In the pre-CMR survey, 66.7% of the students strongly agreed that the course prepared them to provide MTM services. In the post-CMR survey, 88.9% of the students strongly agreed (p = 0.046).

Conclusion: The active-learning strategies used in the MTM elective course provided students with the skills necessary to participate in MTM counseling sessions. Face-to-face CMRs better prepared pharmacy students to provide MTM services.

Keywords: active learning; comprehensive medication review; elective; medication therapy management.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Directive Counseling / methods*
  • Education, Pharmacy / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Humans
  • Medication Therapy Management / education*
  • Students, Pharmacy / psychology*