Impact of a pilot elective course on the well-being of student pharmacists


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Curr Pharm Teaching Learning. November 2021; 13 (11): 1464-1470. doi: 10.1016 / j.cptl.2021.09.007. Published online 25 Sep 2021.

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: Results from the 2016 and 2018 surveys at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy highlighted mental health issues for the student body, including issues with depression, anxiety, and academic distress. This led to the creation of a pilot elective wellness course for first year PhD pharmacy students. This article describes how this course has been evaluated and adapted for the future.

METHODS: The Well-Being Elective Course used a course-specific survey and the Briefing of Development to assess student performance. The course-specific survey was based on the course objectives and the University of Michigan Common Agenda for Well-Being. Both surveys were given before and after the course to identify changes.

RESULTS: The course survey results illustrated an improvement in student well-being in a single semester. Compared to pre-course responses, students who completed the course were significantly more likely to agree with statements that they had strong time management skills, resilience to deal with fluctuations in life , were able to make thoughtful choices to reduce harm and promote well-being, and overall rated their well-being as excellent. In addition, almost all students felt a sense of strengthened community with their peers and faculty within the course, better able to recognize or refer a peer for help, and felt that the course contributed. to their general well-being.

CONCLUSIONS: The implementation of this pilot elective course in well-being provided students with the tools and resources to improve their general well-being with the goal of addressing anxiety, depression and academic distress. .

PMID: 34799060 | DOI: 10.1016 / j.cptl.2021.09.007


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