Objective: The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Standards 2016 encourage student pharmacists to examine and reflect on attributes necessary for professional and personal growth. Data from an AACP survey of recent graduates also indicated perceived deficiencies in career planning. Therefore, an elective course was created for 5th year students (0-6 program) to encourage self-assessment and preparation for post-graduate employment and personal development. The objective of this poster is to describe important elements of this course to aid faculty at other intuitions.
Method: The course was designed after review of publications regarding career advancement and life-skills. Additionally, business faculty who had taught similar courses were consulted. The course has been team-taught for five years by two pharmacy faculty with speakers including business faculty, advanced pharmacy practice experience students, alumni and a financial planner. Topics and assignments have been revised based upon course feedback and past student suggestions.
Results: Qualitative data is collected throughout and at the culmination of the course utilizing feedback cards, class discussion, and an online survey. Data collected through course evaluations show that 100% of students “agree” or “strongly agree” that they “gained an important skill set” by taking the course. Additional assessments include comparing students’ reported confidence and knowledge before and after the course and placement data upon graduation for students taking this course with those who did not.
Implications: This course is easily implemented, well-received by students, and encourages student learning and development while also improving confidence in the area of personal and professional planning.
Grundey JK, Shields KM. Design and Implementation of an Elective Career Planning Course for Pharmacy Students. Poster presentation at American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting (Nashville TN) July 16, 2017.