Level of activity: Advanced
ACPE Standards 2016: 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.6
EPAs: Patient Care Provider (Collect, analyze, care planning), Information Master (Evidence-based care)
PPCP: Collect, Assess, Plan, Communicate
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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 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 UMass 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 provide students an opportunity to practice their SOAP note writing in the form of a preclass foundational exercise followed by a group activity graded by an instructor. The lab activity is intended to build upon the concept of SOAP note writing (also see Introductory SOAP Note chapter).1 An emphasis is placed on summative feedback on students’ ability to write an Assessment and Plan, while also constructing a SOAP note in the correct format. This activity currently takes place in the Patient Care Seminar 2 (PCS2) course during the spring semester at MCPHS University Worcester/Manchester with approximately 200 students in Worcester and 50 students in Manchester in the second professional year of a 3-year pharmacy curriculum. In the fall semester, students have already reviewed and learned the basic skills related to SOAP note writing but have limited skills writing their own SOAP notes at this stage. Students first attend a class on how to write and construct an Assessment and Plan, and then practice writing them before and during lab. In the lab, students will peer-evaluate a prelab SOAP note writing assignment and write a full SOAP note with a partner, which will be graded by an instructor with individual feedback provided and a summative grade at ...