An oncology pharmacy practice elective course for third-year pharmacy students

Kelly K. Nystrom, Amy M. Pick

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Objective. To develop and implement a 1-credit-hour oncology pharmacy practice elective course for third-year pharmacy students and assess its impact on examination scores in a required pharmacother-apeutics course. Design. Major topics were identified to focus on therapeutic management and supportive care of the oncology patient. Psychosocial topics were incorporated to help pharmacy students better relate to oncology patients. Assessment. Learning was assessed by means of 2 computer-based examinations, weekly reflection posts, and a completed oncology service-learning project and reflection paper. Students enrolled in the course achieved higher pharmacotherapeutics oncology section examination scores than students who had not taken the course. Also, this course increased students' interest in oncology pharmacy. Conclusion. The oncology pharmacy elective course has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and student enrollment continues to grow. We will continue to offer this course to future practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013



  • Cancer
  • Curriculum
  • Elective course
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Pharmacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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