Pharmacy Resident Teaching and Learning Curriculum
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Wilkes University School of Pharmacy's Teaching and Learning Curriculum (TLC) program was launched in 2007 and serves as an important learning experience for area pharmacy residents. Our program offers personalized attention to the developing pharmacy professional. The TLC program mission is to equip participants with the knowledge and ability to effectively and confidently facilitate student learning in multiple environments. Wilkes University takes pride in delivering a highly personalized education to our students, and we have developed the TLC program with the same approach.
The TLC program is a 12 month longitudinal learning experience. The program offers a core curriculum of didactic and interactive pedagogy sessions from mid-summer through the spring, each facilitated by a seasoned faculty member.
An important aspect of our program is integrating meaningful opportunities to apply skills in real teaching environments. A principal experience for those enrolled in the TLC is facilitation of a section of Longitudinal Care. Longitudinal Care is a year-long service learning course for P3 students in which they are paired with an elderly patient in the community. As part of this course, residents facilitate small group classes (6 students) for 2 semesters. In addition residents are given the opportunity to teach in our Pharmacy Care Lab with a class size of about 24. Finally, teaching in Pharmacotherapeutics gives the residents the opportunity to practice their teaching skills in a larger class setting of 72 students. Participants also assist in precepting IPPE and APPE students.
An important component of our program is mentorship. Each resident is matched with a volunteer faculty mentor at the start of the TLC program. This faculty member serves as the first point of contact within the program. The mentor is responsible for guiding and monitoring the resident through all components of the program and providing necessary feedback and guidance.
Participants are evaluated throughout the program and a year-end portfolio is reviewed by a School of Pharmacy Residency Committee to assess successful completion of the program.
Admission into the pharmacy residency TLC is dependent upon a short application facilitated through the affiliated residency program after program matching. The Residency Committee reviews applications for suitable and motivated TLC program candidates. Candidates interested in gaining skills in education or pursuing a career in academia are highly encouraged to participate and should discuss with their respective Residency Program Director .