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Level of activity: Beginner

Setting: Classroom

Mapping

ACPE Standards 2016: 1.1, 2.1, 3.6

EPAs: Patient Care Provider (Collect)

PPCP: Collect, Assess, Communicate

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Contributors

Michael Bear, PharmD, is Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University Worcester/Manchester. Dr. Bear received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University at Buffalo SUNY in 2014. He completed a post-graduate clinical residency at Tufts Medical Center in 2015 and completed a clinical geriatric fellowship at the MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach program in 2016. His practice site is at University of Massachusetts Medical Center where he provides antimicrobial stewardship services to admitted patients. In addition to providing patient care, Dr. Bear precepts Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students in Internal Medicine. Dr. Bear is a co-coordinator for the Patient Care Seminar 1 and 2 courses and labs.

Timothy Aungst, PharmD, is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University—Worcester/Manchester. Dr. Aungst received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Wilkes University in 2011. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Luke’s University Hospital, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2012, and completed a clinical geriatric fellowship at the MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach program in 2013. His practice site is at a home health care agency where he provides ambulatory care services to patients in the home setting. Dr. Aungst is a co-coordinator for the Patient Care Seminar 2 and 3 courses and labs.

Brief Overview and Setting

The purpose of this activity is to introduce students to SOAP note writing structure and organization by allowing students to evaluate sample SOAP notes using an abridged rubric and discuss what information should be included in each section.1 It serves as a formative exercise to provide students feedback on the structure and development of a SOAP note early in their education where they may lack a large bank of pharmacotherapy knowledge—which can be built upon with later activities. The activity currently takes place during the Patient Care Seminar 1 (PCS1) course during the fall of the P2 year in the 3-year accelerated curriculum at MCPHS University Worcester/Manchester. PCS1 is a 1-credit class that has didactic and breakout lab components. Approximately 200 students in Worcester, Massachusetts, and 50 students in Manchester, New Hampshire, participate in the activity. Prior to the activity, students receive a 50-minute didactic lecture on basic SOAP note writing. At the start of the activity, students view a prerecorded patient-provider simulation acted out by instructors and APPE volunteers. Students then use the Introductory SOAP Note Rubric to evaluate the organization and quality of Sample Student SOAP Notes based on that patient-provider interaction from a pharmacy perspective. During each lab session, a Participation Record will list the required tasks for each specific session (eg, evaluation of subjective data for ...

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