Physician Assistant Student Exposure to the Long-Term Care Setting by Working with a Consultant Pharmacist
AdvisorHale, LaDonna S.
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Morton, Jill, Albers, Jessica & Pham, Vy (2011). Physician Assistant Student Exposure to the Long-Term Care Setting by Working with a Consultant Pharmacist. -- In Proceedings: 7th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 112-113
This paper describes a unique, but replicable, opportunity for physician assistant (PA) students to obtain exposure to the long-term care (LTC) setting by shadowing a consultant pharmacist. Two students at a time spent four hours with the pharmacist, reviewing and co-presenting two to three patient charts. Students completed a questionnaire asking them to describe what they learned. The diseases and medication-related issues identified by students were consistent with those expected in LTC. Students indicated an increased appreciation of having strong knowledge of medication prescribing/monitoring, avoiding polypharmacy, disease prevention, the importance of multidisciplinary care, and preventing medication errors. Conclusion: This report describes a replicable educational opportunity providing PA students with exposure to the LTC setting through use of a consultant pharmacist.
Paper presented to the 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 4, 2011.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant