A standardized patient-oriented approach to teaching clinical toxicology

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Abstract

Objective. Design, implement, and evaluate a standardized approach to teaching clinical toxicology for pharmacy students. Design. An extensive review of the literature was conducted and a standardized approach to teaching Clinical Toxicology, a 1-credit-hour elective course, was designed, consisting of 9 key questions to address any clinical poisoning. A patient-oriented and problem-solving approach to clinical toxicology was adopted throughout the course. Assessment. Average performance on course examinations for the academic years 1996-2001 (N=604) when the course was required and the academic years 2002-2007 (N=37) when the course was changed to an elective was 83.4% and 81.7%, respectively. Conclusions. A standardized, patient-oriented approach to teaching clinical toxicology allowed successful conversion of this material from a required course to an elective and facilitated students' exposure and interest in this important area of practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number120
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume72
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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