Evaluation of Pharmacist-Managed Education of Medical Residents

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Abstract

Purpose:

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of presentations provided by pharmacists/pharmacy students in increasing medical residents' knowledge of treatment options and guidelines of various disease states. A secondary objective was to evaluate medical residents' satisfaction and perception of increased knowledge.

Methods:

A series of presentations were conducted by pharmacist/pharmacy students in an internal medicine resident clinic. Topics covered included dyslipidemia, hypertension (HTN), and asthma. Prior to each presentation, medical residents completed a pretest. One to 3 weeks after the presentations, residents were asked to complete a post-test identical to the pretests. At the conclusion of the series, medical residents responded to a follow-up survey that assessed the residents' perception of the usefulness of the presentations and interest in future presentations.

Results:

Twenty medical residents attended the dyslipidemia presentations and completed a pretest with 18 of these residents completing a post-test. The overall increase in median score was 7%. Twelve residents attended the HTN presentations and completed a pretest with 11 of these residents completing a post-test. The overall increase in median score was 17%. Thirteen residents attended the asthma presentations with 10 of these residents completing a post-test. The overall increase in median score was 3%. Seventeen residents completed the follow-up survey with "agree" being the most common response to all items indicating satisfaction and perception of increased knowledge.

Conclusion:

There was an overall improvement in pharmacotherapy knowledge of medical residents as anticipated. Residents were satisfied with the presentations and perceived an increase in their pharmacotherapy knowledge.

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