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Make Class Like a Video Game

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I’m Teaching My First Course!

Well, that’s not entirely true. As a graduate student, I taught the pharmacy law course under Dr. Dewey Garner, but he was still the instructor of record. However, he put me in total control of the course, from course discussions, test creation, and grade assignment, which gave me a really good perspective on how to manage a course. So, this course is my first course to teach as the instructor of record and I am very excited about having the opportunity to teach an elective course to pharmacy students. Being on research faculty, my only real opportunity to engage with pharmacy students has been through aligning the service requirements of my job to maximize student interaction. A research faculty teaching a course counts towards service. I am offering a 1 credit hour elective in Spring 2014 called Understanding Managed Care for pharmacy students in their second professional year of the pharmacy curriculum (PY2). You can follow my development of this course on this page, where I will be posting content about the course as I develop it.

My Plans for the Course

I am anticipating it to be quite a challenge to engage students in a seemingly boring topic like “managed care.” It even makes my teeth hurt a bit when I hear someone say those words and I am in managed care. In the interest of self-plagiarizing, I am going to lift a line from my teaching philosophy: keep reading…

Elective Course Idea: Patient & Caregiver Empathy


An idea for an elective pharmacy course struck me a few weekends ago when I was working in a retail pharmacy. After hearing one of the pharmacy technicians become unnecessarily rude with a patient, I walked over to the drop off window to help diffuse the situation. It really wasn’t much to speak of, but I could tell the patient was hurt by the way the technician had spoken to her. While I don’t remember exactly what the patient needed, but I do remember that the request made by the patient was simple – an easy fix – but the technician had effectively said, “No, we aren’t allowed to do that.” When I got involved, I discovered that not only we WERE allowed to do “that,” but in other pharmacies that I had worked at in the past, “that” was considered good customer service. This was certainly not the first time I had run across this type of situation, but they are starting to really wear on my soul – particularly since my wife and I had gone through some tough medical circumstances and spent a tremendous amount of money out of pocket on medical care. keep reading…