Outcomes of a long-term case review program during the on-site training of pharmacy students

Yuriko Murai, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Masaru Mori, Hidehisa Tasaka, Naoto Suzuki, Miki Shimada, Hiroshi Sato, Noriyasu Hirasawa, Nariyasu Mano, Yoshihisa Tomiokab

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This study sought to determine whether a long-term case review (LTCR) program helped pharmacy students develop their abilities as pharmacists, and how their level of satisfaction changed. LTCRs were comprised of four elements: self-learning, one-on-one bedside training with advising pharmacists, daily group sessions including three members, and weekly plenary sessions (case conferences). This program conducted on-site training in a hospital for 21 fifth- year students. The students were divided into 7 groups. One member of each group was assigned to a ward for bedside training for three weeks, while other member (s) of the central pharmacy provided support through daily group sessions. Each week, students training in the wards delivered case presentations in the case conference. All students, advising pharmacists, and teachers participated in these weekly case conferences. Upon conclusion of the on-site training, a survey was conducted on the program’s efficacy. Through information sharing during group discussions, and in case conferences, continuous patient follow up was possible regardless of students’ training schedules in wards or in the central pharmacy. After introducing the LTCR, the mean satisfaction level for case conferences (as scored using a 5-point Likert-type scale) increased from 3.4 to 4.3. Students’ levels of understanding also improved. Statistically significant increases in students’ self-evaluation scores on professional awareness, presentation skills, and logical thinking were also observed. We concluded that the program helped students to gain practical experience, made them more aware of clinical issues, and improved their presentation skills. Through this program, the students gained clinical competency through a deep understanding of the clinical courses of diseases and patient-oriented pharmaceutical care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-923
Number of pages7
JournalYakugaku Zasshi
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 1


  • Advanced program
  • Case conference
  • Case presentation
  • Group session
  • Practical experience
  • Problem-based learning


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