While many pharmacy graduates consider a career in academia, relatively few actually seek an academic position. Various methods, including formal teaching certificate programs, are being used to increase graduates’ awareness of faculty positions.¹,–⁵ In our area of South Florida, a number of graduates have shown an interest in teaching, but there are no local certificate programs. Thus, an ... [Show full abstract] elective was created at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Pharmacy to offer teaching opportunities to postgraduates (pharmacy residents and fellows) while exposing students to the type of active learning environment found during advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) and postgraduate training. We conducted a survey to assess opinions about this elective course and to determine students’ willingness to pursue postgraduate training and postgraduates’ willingness to participate in future pharmacy education.
The elective was a two-credit course offered in the final semester of classroom courses in our doctor of pharmacy curriculum. Cases developed by postgraduates were posted weekly on an electronic course management system (WebCT). Students uploaded their completed therapeutic plans and took quizzes incorporating required readings before live case discussion. Postgraduates facilitated student-led class discussions and provided written feedback to the students within one week.