Innovative utilization of pharmacist-led board review in a family medicine residency curriculum

Katelin M. Lisenby, Catherine Scarbrough, Nathan A. Pinner, James Leeper, Qiong Xu, Dana G. Carroll

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Background and purpose: The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Pharmacotherapy recommends a formal curriculum during family medicine residency training and describes benefits of utilizing pharmacists. Limited literature exists on how programs have incorporated questions from family medicine board preparation sources into pharmacotherapy academic education. The primary objective was to assess the impact on family medicine residents’ perceived knowledge after incorporation of board review items into pharmacotherapy sessions. Educational activity and setting: Pharmacists affiliated with the University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency program incorporated questions from board preparation sources into monthly interactive pharmacotherapy sessions as part of a didactic curriculum between 2014 and 2016. An anonymous survey was administered for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016 to assess residents’ perceptions of the sessions and utilization of board-type questions as an active learning component. The change in residents’ perception of knowledge was quantitatively analyzed and written comments were evaluated for recurring themes. Findings: The cumulative survey response was 78% (68/87). Over 80% of residents reported that pharmacotherapy sessions and the use of board-type questions was quite or very helpful. The percent of residents that rated their knowledge as good or excellent significantly increased after every session compared to baseline. Residents noted the sessions’ information, applicability, interactive nature, and relevance as strengths. Incorporation of board preparation questions into interactive pharmacotherapy sessions was well received and improved residents’ perception of pharmacotherapy knowledge. Utilizing this model in a formal pharmacotherapy curriculum taught by pharmacists is beneficial for family medicine resident learners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1501-1506
Number of pages6
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Active learning
  • Interprofessional education
  • Medical residents
  • Pharmacotherapy curriculum


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