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School of Pharmacy Receives $10,000 Curriculum Grant

December 14, 2010

College of Notre Dame of Maryland is the recipient of a Facts & Comparisons “ACE” Award from Wolters Kluwer Health. The $10,000 grant will be used to develop drug information (DI) and pharmacy informatics curricula in the School of Pharmacy. 

Wolters Kluwer Health established the ACE Curriculum Development Grant to promote quality pharmacy education and to support continued educational improvement through increased drug information knowledge. It also fosters increased awareness of referential drug information resources and enhanced referential tool utilization. 

The DI curriculum of the School of Pharmacy emphasizes the development of drug information skills to make or alter clinical decisions directly related to patient care. The curriculum is embedded as part of the Pharmacist Care Lab, which is an integrated skills-based laboratory. In the laboratory setting, active learning strategies, case studies, role-plays, and presentations engage students in the learning process. Students synthesize information at increasing levels of complexity as they progress through the course sequence. The course also incorporates the latest technology whereby student performance in the management of standardized patients is recorded visually and audibly and assessed.

The goal of this new DI curriculum is to educate student pharmacists to be proficient in the understanding, retrieval, and evaluation of DI resources so that they become competent at effectively and appropriately communicating accurate, safe, timely, unbiased, patient-based, and clinically sound DI information to healthcare professionals and patients. 

The School of Pharmacy is a four-year, first professional degree program (doctor of pharmacy) consisting of 148 credit hours of study. The program’s fourth year is dedicated to a prescribed set of rotations delivered in actual practice settings. There are five focus areas used as the basis for the School’s curriculum: leadership development; women’s health across the lifespan; public health; the care of diverse populations; and professionalism.

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