Simulated Cases in Clinical Training for Pharmacists

Simulated Cases in Clinical Training for Pharmacists

Hale Z. Toklu1,2 

1 North Florida Regional Medical Center, Department of Graduate Medical Education
2 University of Central Florida College of Medicine

International Journal of Hospital Pharmacy

Clinical classes are the milestones that help pharmacy students gain clinical competency and to prepare them for their professional life. Although didactic methods provide theoretical knowledge, the retention rate of information is relatively low when compared with problem based teaching methods. Simulators such as high fidelity mannequins or standardized simulated patients are often preferred by clinical teachers in schools that teach health profession. High and low fidelity mannequins, and computerized simulators require a cost and dedicated space, which can be a disadvantage. On the other hand, standardized patients are advantageous to develop communication skills. Hence, use of simulation based methods in clinical training are useful in general, because they lead students to self-directed learning strategies, critical thinking and rational decision-making. Therefore, dissemination of simulation techniques is important to improve clinical skills.

 Keywords: simulation; pharmacy education; problem based learning; pharmacist; clinical courses,; curriculum

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