Reinventing the Drug Information Rotation

JULY 07, 2015
Providing an innovative drug information experience to pharmacy students can set the stage for excellent pharmacy skills.

Drug information rotations can take place in various settings, such as a university or hospital. In addition to responding to drug information questions, pharmacy students can participate in a variety of innovative activities, including:
Group journal club
Participating in journal club activities with ambulatory care, community, and hospital rotations can be a great way to evaluate clinical studies. Students can present articles and provide evaluations based on their rotation experiences and how it relates to clinical practice.
Community health fairs
Pharmacy students can provide medication safety counseling using drug information resources. This will provide students with valuable skills that they can use in their pharmacy practice. Additionally, students can provide medication education sessions at senior centers.
Journal article collaboration
Collaborating with pharmacy students on articles can be a very rewarding experience. This collaboration can also continue after the rotation is completed. Writing an article can enhance students’ drug information skills and provide them with a competitive edge for applying to residencies and jobs.
With these innovative activities, pharmacists can reinvent the drug information experience for students.

Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh, received her PharmD degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a 2-year drug information residency. She served as a pharmacy professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy for 6 years, managed the drug information center, and conducted medication therapy management reviews. Dr. Gershman has published research on prescription drug abuse, regulatory issues, and drug information in various scholarly journals. Additionally, she received the Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award for her collaboration with the Broward, Florida Sheriff’s Office to prevent prescription drug abuse through a drug disposal program. She has also presented at pharmacist and physician continuing education programs on topics that include medication errors, prescription drug abuse, and legal and regulatory issues. Dr. Gershman can be followed on Twitter @jgershman2