Monday, August 19, 2013

The first 80 of over 250 web-based Active Learning Exercises developed jointly by The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) are available in a new program called PharmacyLibrary.

PharmacyLibrary provides what it calls “the best of pharmacy in one collection.” It is an online national electronic library used daily by students and faculty to find relevant and authoritative information quickly.

Faculty members and preceptors can adapt the exercises and related evaluation tools to enhance existing lectures and develop new areas of study to create pharmacists with expert-level, application-oriented practice skills. The material covers the 11 different areas of practice required by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and ranges from therapeutics and drug information/literature evaluation, to patient counseling and lifelong learning. Faculty will also be able to collaborate with preceptors to use these materials as part of students’ Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) rotations.

The material was overseen by Senior Editors Jeffrey C. Reist, Michelle A. Fravel, Mary J. Starry, and Vernon K. Duba and Managing Editor Jeanine P. Abrons. Authors included: Jeanine Abrons, William Doucette, Vern Duba, Michael Ernst, Michelle Fravel, Brian Glenn, Xiaomei Gu, Laura C. Halder, Jim Hoehns, Samuel R. Houmes, Michael W. Kelly, Lloyd Matheson, Gary Milavetz, Jeff Reist, Natalie A. Simmons, Amanda Smith, Melanie K.  Smith, Rachel I. Smith, Mary J. Starry, John Swegle, Jessica Whalen, and Matthew Witry.

The Active Learning Exercises are a new set of instructional tools on PharmacyLibrary. Case-based learning produced by the college, called the University of Iowa Teaching Cases, is also available.