Title

Enhancing and rewarding engagement within a multi-disciplinary Health foundation year: The "Pharm-First" program

Date of this Version

7-2-2008

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Details

Published Version.

Johnson, P.J., & Chipperfield, J. (2008). Enhancing and rewarding engagement within a multi-disciplinary Health foundation year: The "Pharm-First" program. Paper presented at the FYHE 2008: 11th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education conference 2008: An apple for the learner: Celebrating the first year experience, Hobart, Tasmania.

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2008 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 1199

© Copyright Peter J. Johnson & Janine Chipperfield, 2008.

Abstract

This paper details the implementation and educational impacts of the "Pharm- First" program - a series of workshops for first semester pharmacy students at Griffith University. In first year, this cohort enrols in foundation level biomedical science courses alongside students from a number of other health programs, and has little formal contact with pharmacy academics. The "Pharm-First" program was developed in response to survey data indicating that students were disengaged with their early learning and social environments. It comprised a series of workshop activities conducted fortnightly over semester one by Pharmacy academics and recent graduates. Content was directly aligned with the four foundation year courses and linked to specific topics in Pharmacy practice. Workshops also included activities that promoted professional development. The success of the program in enhancing orientation and engagement was indicated by a higher academic performance of students who regularly participated, and marked improvements in student survey responses.

 

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