The WesternU College of Pharmacy bid farewell to Amber Schaefer, Curriculum Support Specialist, who will be moving to Arizona. Her dedication to the welfare of our WesternU student pharmacist will be missed.
A new team has been trained to present information on Medicare Part D to interdisciplinary groups. This team gave its first formal presentation to the WesternU Physician Assistant students at WesternU on June 10, 2016. The new team consists of WesternU student pharmacists Sandy Hoang, Thao Nguyen, Melissa Nuesa and Astrid Thio. The faculty advisors for the group are Drs. Micah Hata and Sam Shimomura. We are looking for other opportunities to present this topic to other groups. Medicare Part D is a very complex and ever changing program that is very beneficial to seniors and others who qualify for the program but it is confusing to both patients and providers. This presentation helps to demystify the program.
The first of the 3 new classroom at the WesternU College of Pharmacy has been completed and the other 2 classrooms and over 20 new breakout rooms will be done before classes resume in August, 2016. To best utilize these new facilities, the WesternU Faculty Orientation and Development Committee invited Jess Cain, EdD, MS, Associate Professor, Director of Education Technology from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy to speak on "The Recalibration of Teaching". He described the concept of the "flipped" or "blended" classroom where students do readings, watch videos and complete computer-based assignments at home and then participate in active learning assignments such as mini lectures, hands on workshops, case discussions and games when the students are on campus .
For further information on Flipped/blended classroom, Dr Cain provided these references:
AJPE Review article on flipped/blended classrooms
Rotellar & Cain_Research, perspectives, and recommendations on implementing the flipped classroom
Collection of Online Resources
Active Learning and the Flipped Classroom: UNC School of Pharmacy Site
Flipped Classroom Field Guide
Chronicle article: Flipped learning skepticism: Is flipped learning just self-teaching
Chronicle article: Flipped learning skepticism: Can students really learn on their own
Two magical tools to get your students to do and learn from pre-class work in a flipped classroom
The 2 most powerful flipped classroom tips I have learned so far