Including emotional intelligence in pharmacy curricula to help achieve CAPE outcomes

Michael H. Nelson, Kerry K. Fierke, Brandon J. Sucher, Kristin K. Janke

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The importance of emotional intelligence (EI) for effective teamwork and leadership within the workplace is increasingly apparent. As suggested by the 2013 CAPE Outcomes, we recommend that colleges and schools of pharmacy consider EI-related competencies to build self-awareness and professionalism among students. In this Statement, we provide two examples of the introduction of EI into pharmacy curricula. In addition, we provide a 4-phase process based on recommendations developed by EI experts for structuring and planning EI development. Finally, we make 9 recommendations’ to inform the process of including EI in pharmacy curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number48
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015

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  • CAPE outcomes
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Leadership


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