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Cultural Awareness During Medication Consultations

Level of activity: Beginner/Intermediate

Setting: Classroom


ACPE Standards 2016: 1.1, 3.5, 4.1

EPAs: Patient Care Provider (Collect, Analyze, Care Planning), Information Master (Educate others)

PPCP: Assess, Plan, Communicate

IPEC Core Competencies: Activity could be adapted to meet IPEC Core Competencies, see Commentary/Additional Advice section

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Brittney Meyer, PharmD, is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at South Dakota State University (SDSU) College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. Dr. Meyer received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from SDSU and went on to complete a post-graduate ambulatory care focused residency at the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, Iowa. She joined the College in 2011 where she interacts with students as prepharmacy students and across all 4 years of the doctorate program. Her primary responsibilities include teaching within the first four Pharmacy Practice courses and coordinating the first four semesters of the Pharmacy Skills Labs, as well as part of the P1 and P2 Integrated Pharmacy Labs. She also serves as the Interprofessional Education Coordinator for the College. She precepts P4 students on an elective academic teaching advanced pharmacy practice experience and has served as a teaching preceptor for the College’s pharmacy practice residency program since 2012.

Teresa Seefeldt, PhD, PharmD, is Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. Dr. Seefeldt received her Doctor of Pharmacy and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences degrees from SDSU. She has been a faculty member at SDSU since 2005 and primarily teaches pathophysiology, pharmacology, and toxicology. She also teaches in the Pharmacy Skills Laboratory and Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory courses as well as in courses focusing on developing affective skills in pharmacy students. As Associate Dean, she leads curriculum, assessment, and accreditation for the college’s academic programs.

Brief Overview and Setting

The purpose of this activity is to allow students to practice verbal communication with culturally diverse patients in the form of a patient medication consultation and to learn how one’s culture can affect medication therapy. This activity currently takes place in the pharmacy skills laboratory curriculum at South Dakota State University with 80 students in the second semester of the first professional year. Approximately 80 students, divided into three laboratory sections, participate in the activity. In their P1 year before this activity, students have already learned and practiced the basic skills related to patient interviewing when taking a medication history and patient counseling. They have also learned the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process and been introduced to the use of drug information resources, which can be helpful for this activity. Prior to this activity, students have also received ...

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