Faculty Advisor(s)

Michelle Musser, PHARMD
Ohio Northern University
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
m-musser@onu.edu

Document Type

Poster

Start Date

24-4-2020 9:00 AM

Description

Introduction: Student service learning (SSL) in pharmacy education allows application of didactic skills through service in the community. SSL provides an opportunity for students to practice professional skills while fulfilling community needs. Objectives: SSL is a co-curricular activity in the pharmacy curriculum at Ohio Northern University (ONU). It is important to evaluate growth in student learning, skill development, and other professional goals during this experience. Longitudinal assessment of the SSL program allows programmatic enhancement through feedback. Methods: Pharmacy students at ONU are required to complete 50 hours of SSL during their first three professional years. Students were surveyed prior to SSL experience and at completion. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected to assess goals related to SSL. Student learning, development, programmatic value, and satisfaction were assessed. Results: Prior to beginning SSL experience, students stated expectations including developing patient care skills. The sentiment was echoed by students who completed SSL and valued those experiences that involved clinical tasks. Overall, students felt their SSL experience was valuable and provided suggestions. Implications: A pre/post-assessment of SSL provides insight into the impact of service learning on development and programmatic quality improvement. Developing opportunities to enhance skills during SSL is valued by student pharmacists.

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Apr 24th, 9:00 AM

Pre/Post Assessment of Student Perceptions of Service Learning in Pharmacy Education

Introduction: Student service learning (SSL) in pharmacy education allows application of didactic skills through service in the community. SSL provides an opportunity for students to practice professional skills while fulfilling community needs. Objectives: SSL is a co-curricular activity in the pharmacy curriculum at Ohio Northern University (ONU). It is important to evaluate growth in student learning, skill development, and other professional goals during this experience. Longitudinal assessment of the SSL program allows programmatic enhancement through feedback. Methods: Pharmacy students at ONU are required to complete 50 hours of SSL during their first three professional years. Students were surveyed prior to SSL experience and at completion. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected to assess goals related to SSL. Student learning, development, programmatic value, and satisfaction were assessed. Results: Prior to beginning SSL experience, students stated expectations including developing patient care skills. The sentiment was echoed by students who completed SSL and valued those experiences that involved clinical tasks. Overall, students felt their SSL experience was valuable and provided suggestions. Implications: A pre/post-assessment of SSL provides insight into the impact of service learning on development and programmatic quality improvement. Developing opportunities to enhance skills during SSL is valued by student pharmacists.