Objectives: MyDispense is an interactive community pharmacy simulation program designed to build students’ confidence related to community pharmacy practice. MyDispense was implemented in the Advanced Pharmacy Practice course at St. Louis College of Pharmacy during the P3 year as an activity and assessment for competency in the community pharmacy setting. In order to make future curriculum improvements, the objective of this study is to evaluate the usefulness and applicability of the MyDispense program into a required course.

Method: The study will consist of an anonymous online survey available to students in the Advanced Pharmacy Practice course for two weeks following completion of the program. The survey is designed to evaluate the usefulness of the MyDispense online pharmacy program implemented during the course of the semester.

Results: 98 responses (43% response rate) were collected from students who completed MyDispense as part of the required course. 69% (n=68) of respondents stated MyDispense was straightforward to learn, 75% (n=73) stated MyDispense was more realistic than similar cases on paper, and 78% (n=75) appreciated the opportunity to learn without the consequences of a prescription error. Students felt that MyDispense should be implemented either throughout the curriculum (31%, n=30) or prior to the community IPPE course (23%, n=22). Students’ overall perception of MyDispense was not affected by previous community pharmacy experience (p=0.17).

Implications: This study to evaluates the impact of MyDispense with a cohort of P3 students in an Advanced Pharmacy Practice course. This data can be used to help implement MyDispense in other pharmacy school curricula.

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A presentation given at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in Anaheim, CA.

The abstract for this presentation was published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, v. 80, no. 5, article S2, p. 70. https://doi.org/10.5688/ajpe805S2