A leadership elective course developed and taught by graduate students.

Brandon J. Patterson, Oscar W. Garza, Matthew J. Witry, Elizabeth H. Chang, Donald E. Letendre, Coralynn B. Trewet

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To develop and implement a flexible-credit elective course to empower student pharmacists to develop lifelong leadership skills and provide teaching practice opportunities for graduate students. An elective course focusing on leadership development for second- and third-year doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students was designed and taught by 4 graduate students under the mentorship of 2 faculty members. Student pharmacists could enroll in a 1-, 2-, or 3-credit-hour version of the course. Attainment of course objectives was measured using student pharmacist reflection papers and continuing professional development portfolios. Additionally, self-assessments of graduate students and faculty members delivering the course were conducted. In their responses on course evaluations, student pharmacists indicated they found the course a valuable learning experience. Graduate students found course development to be challenging but useful in developing faculty skills. This flexible-credit elective course taught by graduate students was an innovative way to offer formal leadership instruction using limited college resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 16 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Elective course
  • Faculty development
  • Graduate students
  • Leadership
  • Pharmacy education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Education

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    Patterson, B. J., Garza, O. W., Witry, M. J., Chang, E. H., Letendre, D. E., & Trewet, C. B. (2013). A leadership elective course developed and taught by graduate students. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(10), 223.