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May 15, 2009

Curriculum Mapping and Gap Analysis

Many thanks to the Curriculum Mapping Sub-Committee of the Assessment Committee (G. Anderson (Lead), M. Bumgardner, J. Conway, R. Stouder, R. Brown, K. Janke. This group has completed their work for the year. Their achievements include:

  • Completing an assessment of the status of our course maps, collecting any remaining maps that had not been submitted as finalized.
  • Assisting with vendor product evaluations
  • Working with the Office of Professional Curriculum and the Educational Policy and Peer Review Committee to devise a mechanism for ongoing updating of the course maps during the Course Review Process
  • Developing summary maps and analyzing the data on scientific foundation, therapeutic agents, professional outcomes, teaching and learning methods and assessment methods

Summary maps for the curriculum will be shared during our summer Brown Bag Discussion Series. In addition, the summary maps have been forwarded to the Curriculum Revision Task Force, which will be completing a Gap Analysis using this information over the summer.

May 6, 2009

Class of 2010 Portfolio Use

Following the direction of the faculty from the February 2009 College Assembly (CA) meeting, the Portfolio Initiative for the Class of 2010 has officially been launched. Students have received access to an online orientation module that further explains the purpose and process for using portfolio during their APPE year.

Prior to their first rotation, students will post:
-Their CV,
-A personal mission statement
-Two Strengthsfinderâ„¢ Assignments
-A Pre-APPE Learning Plan

These "artifacts" will be assessed by three Pharmacist Portfolio Evaluators, Drs. Bislew, Olson and Ruuska. In addition to sharing their portfolio with their assigned Evaluator, students will also share their portfolio with their Block 1-3 preceptors during the first week of each rotation.

After blocks 3, 6 and 9, students will update their portfolios, adding reflections and information on their APPE experiences. Portfolios will be assessed at these times and will continue to be shared with preceptors.

Preceptors have received a short online presentation describing the initiative. As discussed at the February CA meeting, student and preceptor input will be gathered throughout the process to continue to refine the portfolio process. An update on the initiative will be presented this summer as part of the summer Brown Bag Discussion series.

May 5, 2009

Summer Brown Bag Discussions Announced

Over the past two years, the college has undertaken a number of new initiatives to help better assess student learning and to evolve the curriculum. Our summer Brown Bag Discussion Series will be dedicated to sharing updates on these new initiatives. Student performance data, evaluative data and interpretations will be presented. Those present at the sessions will be asked to help further interpret the data and provide input on next steps. Please plan to attend any or all of the following sessions!

Student Performance on OSCE
Mike Brown
Monday, June 8, 11:30-12:30
160 LSci/7-193 WDH

Curriculum Mapping and Gap Analysis: An 30,000 foot overview of our coverage of professional outcomes, general ability outcomes, therapeutic agents and scientific disciplines.
Kristin Janke and Charles Taylor
Monday, June 15, 11:30-12:30
302 Heller Hall/7-135 WDH

The Effect of Student Employment and Extra-Curricular Patient Care Volunteerism: How do non-required experiences assist with achievement of curricular outcomes?
Kristin Janke and Alison Knutson (PDIV)
Thursday, June 225, 11:30-12:30
160 LSci/7-135 WDH

Development of a Student Professionalism Code for the College of Pharmacy
Mike Schroeder (PDIV and Honor Council Representative)
Tuesday, July 7, 11:30-12:30
160 LSci/7-193 WDH

Students' Pre-APPE Community and Institutional Competency: What do the exam data tell us?
Kristin Janke and Chris Jolowsky
Thursday, July 16, 11:30-12:30
160 LSci/7-193 WDH

Prevalence of Pharmacy Students' Strengths as Assessed by Gallup's Strengthsfinderâ„¢: Implications for a new curriculum.
Todd Sorensen and Andy Traynor
Thursday, July 30, 12-1
160 LSci/7-135 WDH

Student Performance on the PCOA: How does U of M compare to national peers on 34 disciplines and sub-disciplines of pharmacy?
Jeannine Conway and Kristin Janke
Monday, August 3, 12-1
160 LSci/7-135 WDH

Teaching and Learning the Process of Continuing Professional Development: What have we learned from the Class of 2010's use of portfolio?
Kristin Janke
Tuesday, Aug 11, 11:30-12:30
160 LSci/7-135 WDH

May 4, 2009

Experiential Consultants

The College has invited nationally recognized experiential experts (Cynthia Boyle, University of Maryland, Christopher Turner, University of Colorado, and Craig Cox, Texas Tech University) to visit the College of Pharmacy to offer advice regarding ongoing experiential initiatives. Having these experts visit will provide an opportunity to share ideas and gain feedback as the College explores next steps in designing a new curriculum and preparing for accreditation.

Our consultant's review will include examination of policies, procedures, and the regional model. In addition, the visit will also include site visits and interviews with preceptors, experiential associates, alumni, students, staff, and faculty. Following their visit on May 6-7, the consultants will submit a report with recommendations. Thanks in advance to everyone that has agreed to meet with the Consultants during their visit.

May 1, 2009

Pre-APPE Written Exam

Also on April 29th, students completed a 30 minute written exam that was designed to complement the OSCE exam. The written exam assessed those pre-APPE competencies that did not require a real-time simulated encounter with a patient. The exam allowed the college to:

Gain experience with written assessments of practical skills
2. Develop a Pre-APPE assessment of student abilities and receive baseline measures (Pre-IPPE program) of experience gained from employment, internship and extra-curricular activities
3. Receive input on students' competency relative to the IPPE outcomes to assist with:
interpreting self reported data (see previous entry) on confidence with the IPPE competencies
b. further refining IPPE activities

The development, implementation and evaluation of this exam was truly a collaborative effort. Thanks to the following individuals for their support:

  • Exam Blueprinting-Dr. Janke
  • Exam Development-Ms. Jolowsky (IPPE Coordinator) and PDIV Student Pharmacist Colleen Flaherty (Class of 2009 and Instructor, Rasmussen College Pharmacy Technician Program)
  • Assessment and Exam Piloting-PDIV Student Pharmacists Arora, Bringe, Capouch, Lien, A. Nguyen
  • Exam Review-Drs. Taylor, Brown, Schullo-Feulner and Kundell
  • Exam Participation-All PDIII (Class of 2010) students!
  • Exam Administration-Ms. Jolowsky and Ms. Muller
  • Standard Setting-Dr. Conway, Dr. Schullo-Feulner and Ms. Jolowsky
  • Exam Analysis-Dr. Janke

Students will receive feedback on their performance, including total exam, as well as community and institutional performance. Student performance data will be shared with faculty during our summer Brown Bag Discussions series.

Pre-APPE Student Self Assessment Survey

Prior to the OSCE Assessment, the Class of 2010 was asked to complete an online Pre-APPE Self Assessment. This assessment included student self report of:

  • Patient Care Oriented Extra-Curricular Experiences
  • Patient Care Oriented Elective Experiences
  • Technician Experience
  • Institutional Pharmacy Experience (e.g. hours, functions)
  • Institutional Pharmacy Competency
  • Community Pharmacy Experience (e.g. hours, functions)
  • Community Pharmacy Competency
  • Professionalism

This assessment allowed the college to:
1) better quantify student work experiences and their effects on competency development
2) gain experience with student self reporting/self assessment.

In addition, this data complements other self report initiatives (e.g. Public Health Student Survey) to provide a more well rounded perspective on student confidence. 157 of 158 students participated. Data from this initiative will be shared with the faculty during our summer Brown Bag Discussion Series.