Integration of an Internet-based medical chart into a pharmacotherapy lecture series.

Michael C. Brown, Michael Kotlyar, Jeannine M Conway, Randall D Seifert, John V. St Peter

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To integrate an Internet-based medical chart (IMC) system into a pharmacotherapy course to facilitate evaluation and feedback processes, foster development of written documentation skills, and prepare pharmacy students for future changes in electronic medical documentation systems. DESIGN: An IMC system was introduced into a pharmacotherapy course for third-professional year pharmacy students and 4 "finish the SOAP note" activities were added to the curriculum. Students' performance on the SOAP notes were assessed by a team of evaluators. At the end of the semester, students and evaluators completed separate 6-item survey instruments concerning the usefulness of the IMC system in meeting the course objectives. ASSESSMENT: Students' performance on documentation activities improved over the course of the semester: 87% of the students avoided repeating previous mistakes by their final documentation activity. The vast majority of the students and evaluators found the system easy to use and the activities helpful. CONCLUSION: The development, implementation, and initial expansion of the IMC system across both laboratory and pharmacotherapy courses was a success. Continued integration into clinical coursework is planned and will further expand opportunities for applied learning experiences to prepare students for their experiential program and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2007

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