WISER and the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy presented the Spring Continuing Education Seminar, Sunday April 15th, 2007, Providing Chronic Care for Patients with Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.
This program was developed by Amy Seybert, PharmD. Faculty included Dr. Seybert and Scott Drab, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, as well as several other facilitators.
This seminar was held for a total of 70 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that would receive 3.0 contact hours upon completion. The participants attended three separate sessions during the course of the evening, which focused on Providing Chronic Care for Patients with Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. The first session was the didactic lecture including the interactive audience response system. The second and third sessions incorporated the use of simulation for physical assessment and patient care rounds.
The physical assessment session included the use of the human patient simulator, which included actual hands on of taking blood pressures, the patient¿s pulse, evaluating breath sounds, and assessing basic heart sounds.
The patient care rounds included an actual patient that was presented to the participants. Again, the use of the simulator was incorporated in this session. This activity was designed to apply pharmacothearpeutic knowledge to make recommendations for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, participants visualized a patient having an acute myocardial infarction and made pharmacotherapeutic recommendations for this patient at discharge.
The learning objectives included understanding the risk factors for cardiovascular disease; evaluating new treatment options for the management of diabetes; and reviewing treatment guidelines for hypertension, lipids, drug-eluting stents, and heart failure. In addition, the participant would successfully determine a patient¿s blood pressure and pulse, and accurately assess basic electrocardiogram rhythms. Finally, the participant would be able to correctly recommend appropriate therapy for patients in a cardiovascular prevention clinic; counsel patient on appropriate medication therapy; and visualize acute coronary syndromes.
This was the first ACPE certified continuing education seminar utilizing simulation-based learning in the county. The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy has also utilized simulation throughout the curriculum for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Evaluations of the program were extremely positive and the participants thoroughly enjoying this innovative and engaging program. The successful evening was adjourned at 8:30pm. Based on the tremendous success of this event, there are plans for future educational programs utilizing simulation at WISER and the School of Pharmacy.