GA-PCOM Introduces New Pharmacy Prep Course
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GA-PCOM Introduces New Pharmacy Prep Course

August 1, 2017

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,” she said.

Pharmacy students at Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) are participating in a course to ready them for their second year of study. Course coordinator Dr. Rangaiah Shashidharamurthy, explained, “The course provides an introduction to student learning and test-taking strategies for rising second year PharmD students."

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 courses.”

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 strategies.

Other course faculty members include Interim Dean Dr. Michael Lee; Dr. Vishakha Bhave; Dr. Naushad Ghilzai; Dr. Dusty Lisi; Dr. Gregory Smallwood; Dr. Eric Wang; and Dr. Zhiqian Wu.

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