A new course is designed to prepare pharmacy students for their second year of study.
Test-taking following only a few hours of sleep is like looking for socks in a drawer
without matching pairs. “They’re in there, you just don’t know where to find them,”
explained Louise Jones, MEd, Assistant Director of Professional Development and Online Learning. “The learning brain needs at least six hours of sleep to properly index information,”
Faculty members from the Center for Student Affairs, the Department of Professional
Development and Online Learning, and the School of Pharmacy have initiated a collaborative approach to deliver these active workshops.
Two years ago, a small group of PCOM School of Pharmacy students participated in the
first Pharmacy Professional Readiness Enrichment Program, or “PREP” week, which was
created to give incoming PharmD candidates the chance to get a head start on their
core classes. Now, the School of Pharmacy has expanded the program and introduced
the PREP II course, which is designed to ready students for the challenges to come.
Chair and Professor of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Avadhesh C. Sharma, PharmD, PhD, explained that the PREP II class aims to help students better “understand the complexity
that pharmacy year two courses will offer and be prepared to face the challenge of
high rigor clinical pharmacokinetics, integrated therapeutics and infectious disease
An intensive, week-long elective, PREP II provides an overview of the upcoming courses,
also including subjects like medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, microbiology and more.
In addition, students are learning about time management skills through integrated
classes led by Academic Support Specialist Shubha Kayarthodi, PhD, of the Center for
Student Affairs. Jones is leading sessions on the elements of smart study including
motivation, support and guidance, resources and sources, study skills and test taking
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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