A Management Skills Course for Pharmacy Students

David A. Latif
2004 American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education  
Objective. This paper describes the planning and implementation of a 3-credit pharmacy management skills course taught to third-year Doctor of Pharmacy students at Shenandoah University. The purpose of this course was to help pharmacy students to develop and improve their management skills. Design. The curriculum for the course was based on a 5-step social learning theory model that included self-awareness, skill learning, skill analysis, skill practice, and skill application. A diverse number
more » ... f methods were used to assess the students' managerial skills, including administration of a standardized test at the beginning and end of the class. Students were assessed on learning and demonstration of the requisite managerial skills deemed to be critical to their future success as managers. Assessment. Based on both the instructor's assessment of student performance and on student feedback concerning the worthiness of the course, students appeared to develop new and improve existing management skills. Conclusions. A substantial body of research supports the correlation between managerial skills and both career and personal effectiveness. Based on instructor assessment and student feedback, the course appears to have succeeded in at least making students cognizant of the need for management skills and how they can develop and improve their skills.
doi:10.5688/aj680103 fatcat:4ceyyl3lavbe7odpdygvwjrv5a