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Integration of Transgender Care into a Pharmacy Therapeutics Curriculum
Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
  • Jared L. Ostroff, Western New England University
  • Marissa L. Ostroff, Western New England University
  • Stephanie Billings, Holyoke Health Center
  • Eric C. Nemec, Sacred Heart University
Document Type
Peer-Reviewed Article
Publication Date
4-1-2018
Abstract
Background and purpose To examine the impact of a lecture on transgender health given during a special populations therapeutics course on third-year (P3) pharmacy students' knowledge and confidence of transgender care. Educational activity and setting A two-hour lecture that included both cultural sensitivity and pharmacotherapy aspects of care for transgender individuals was added to a required two-credit therapeutics series offered at the end of the P3 year of a doctor of pharmacy curriculum. Following the lecture, students completed a 17-item knowledge-based survey and ranked their confidence with each answer on a 5-point scale. Students in the fourth-year (P4) class, who had not been given the lecture, also completed the survey. Findings Students who attended the lecture had a significantly higher mean knowledge score and mean confidence score than students who did not attend. The P3 class had a mean knowledge score of 72.5% while the mean knowledge score for the P4 class was 63.4% (P < 0.01). The P3's mean confidence score was 76.8% and the P4's mean confidence score was 60.6% (P < 0.01). Discussion To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report on incorporating the topic of transgender care to a required disease and therapeutics series in a college of pharmacy curriculum. Summary Students who attended a lecture on care of transgender individuals performed significantly better on a knowledge-based assessment and reported having greater confidence in their answers than students who did not attend the lecture.
DOI
10.1016/j.cptl.2017.12.016
PMID
29793708
Pages
463-468
Citation Information

Ostroff, J.L., Ostroff, M.L., Billings, S., Nemec II, E.C. (2018). Integration of transgender care into a pharmacy therapeutics curriculum. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 10(4):463-468. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2017.12.016