WSOP Prescription for Innovation—Use as Needed (PRN)

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Objectives: The objective of this collaborative project is to showcase the educational innovations being conducted at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Methods: During the 2012-2013 school year, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy designed, implemented, and assessed a number of innovations in the areas of 1) didactic curriculum, 2) service learning, and 3) assessment. Examples of innovations include incorporation of service learning activities into didactic courses and experiential rotations, completion of a clinical trial, use of electronic rubrics, using pop culture to illustrate course objectives, peer teaching, blended learning, online flashcards, electronic review modules, electronic testing, and updates to classic active learning strategies like Turning Point, think/pair/share, and muddiest points. These innovations were assessed in a variety of ways, including the use of surveys, reflections, personal feedback, and exam scores. Results: Quantitative and qualitative analyses of educational innovations have revealed benefits to student learning, leadership ability, and experiences. Specifically, these innovations have been linked to improvements in student scores in courses and on national exams. They have also allowed for real-time improvements in faculty teaching. Overall, a majority of the innovations designed were well-received by students, and were seen as a positive addition to the educational experience. Implications: The continued improvement of pharmacy education requires response to the needs of learners, and innovations that push the achievements of our students. The innovations implemented in the 2012-2013 school year at Wegmans School of Pharmacy have been successful and beneficial to student learning and will be continued and expanded in future years.


Presented at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in Chicago, Illinois on July 13, 2013. Abstract published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 2013; 77 (5) Article 109.

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