April 2019 | Denise Klinker, PharmD
2018 saw two recurring Pharmacy Education themes which were dominant during the AACP conference. First, managing co-curricular activities and second, incorporating the use of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) in the didactic, co-curricular and experiential curriculum. McCreadie Group’s integrated software solution, PharmAcademic, not only manages co-curricular activities and their assessments but also allows users to map rotations and assignments to EPAs which creates a customized assessment using the mapped outcomes.
Manage Co-Curricular Activities using PharmAcademic’s Assignment Feature Almost half of our clients are using PharmAcademic to effortlessly schedule and manage their co-curricular activities using our assignments feature, streamlining the process and saving them time! It also provides them with the flexibility to require the evaluator to complete an assessment, simply co-sign the assignment or do nothing at all.
Our clients easily access and globally manage assignments because PharmAcademic offers searchability through filtering on key variables like assignment name, status, reviewer or student name, due date and more. They can also send additional reminders, change due dates and more with a push of a button. It really is that easy.
Now. Let’s take it one step further. Our clients are also incorporating EPAs using assignments and curricular mapping features.
Incorporate EPAs using PharmAcademic’s Assignment and Curricular Mapping features Users with advanced security roles can map rotation categories, experiential and co-curricular assignments to standard outcomes, including EPAs, to track student progression across the curriculum. Our clients use the mapped outcomes in PharmAcademic and automatically create a customized assessment to evaluate student performance on rotation as well as submitted assignments.
All of this can be handled in a few, short steps: 1. Select from the pre-built curricular sets, i.e. EPAs, PPCP, CAPE, to activate the appropriate outcomes and apply them to the desired class of students. All activated outcomes are available for mapping at the rotation level as well as the assignment level. 2. Map rotation categories back to the appropriate sets of standards prior to scheduling match assessments. 3. Map assignments to the appropriate sets of standards prior to delivering the assignments. 4. Once mapped, users simply select the option to add the mapped objectives to the assessment linked to the assignment or the rotation during scheduling. 5. PharmAcademic allows administrators to longitudinally track the student’s progression towards meeting the mapped outcomes.
Our clients are utilizing PharmAcademic’s robust tools to track co-curricular activities and create custom assessments based on mapped curricular outcomes to ensure their students’ are progressing.