Pharmacy student involvement in student-run free clinics in the United States

Dema Mohammed, Kyle Turner, Kylee A Funk

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Abstract

Introduction The role of pharmacy students in student-run free clinics (SRFCs) across the United States has not been well-defined. This study sought to assess the level of involvement and roles of pharmacy students in SRFCs as well as their interprofessional collaboration. Methods An online survey was sent to each pharmacy school registered with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The survey addressed the following concepts within SRFCs: pharmacy student roles, precepting and school of pharmacy involvement, interprofessional experience, leadership positions held by pharmacy students, and dissemination of feedback in this service-learning experience. Results The survey was sent to 139 schools; 45 pharmacy schools responded (32%); of those that responded, 29 schools were not connected to a SRFC (64%) and 16 schools were affiliated with at least one SRFC and completed the survey (36%). The most common disciplines pharmacy students work with in SRFCs included: dental, medical, mental health, nutrition, nursing, physical therapy, public health, and social work. Pharmacy students find their volunteer experience with SRFCs to be valuable, noting that they are able to apply their knowledge in a practice setting to benefit patients, improve their patient interviewing and health screening skills, become involved in the community, work as a team with other health professional students, formulate treatment plans, and obtain leadership positions. Discussion and conclusions SRFCs offer interprofessional and leadership activities that pharmacy students find valuable, but many pharmacy schools are not associated with SRFCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

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Keywords

  • Experiential education
  • Interprofessional education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy education
  • Service learning
  • Student-run free clinic

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