Interprofessional peer teaching: The value of a pharmacy student-led pharmacology course for physical therapy students

Stephanie Hsia, Dan N. Tran, Ryan Beechinor, Alice Gahbauer, Amber Fitzsimmons, Tina Brock

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Background: This report describes the creation, implementation, and evaluation of an interprofessional pharmacy student-led pharmacology course for physical therapy students. The course was designed using a flipped classroom model and a peer-assisted learning framework. Interprofessional education activity: We describe the development, design, assessment, and evaluation of a pharmacy student-led pharmacology course for physical therapy students. This report focuses specifically on the interprofessional aspect of the course, which was measured using the student perceptions of physician-pharmacist interprofessional clinical education (SPICE) instrument. Discussion: The SPICE instrument was measured across two cohorts in 2015 and 2016. Each cohort consisted of approximately 50 physical therapy students. After implementation of the course, there were significant improvements across all three domains of the SPICE instrument: interprofessional teamwork, roles/responsibilities for collaborative practice, and patient outcomes from collaborative practice (P <.01). Qualitative feedback from the physical therapy students and pharmacy student teaching assistants was positive and emphasized the benefits of interprofessional peer teaching. Implications: Overall, this interprofessional peer teaching model effectively improved interprofessional attitudes while accomplishing didactic needs. This innovative course may serve as a model for interprofessional education in different subject areas or across other health professions programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1252-1257
Number of pages6
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Education
  • Flipped classroom
  • Interprofessional
  • Peer learning
  • Peer teaching
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy

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