Hobson EH, Johnston PE, Spinelli AJ. Staging a reflective capstone course to transition PharmD graduates to professional life. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015;79(1):14.
This study looks at the implementation of a one credit-hour reflective capstone course for fourth-year student pharmacists at Belmont University. Between 2013 and 2014, 139 students completed the course, which consisted of 14 weeks of online coursework and 2 weeks of in-person coursework. Four projects were completed: professional portfolio, educational outcomes self-assessment, CPD plan, and a significant learning event presentation. All projects were evaluated using standardized rubrics. Results showed most challenges came in creating CPD plans where students had difficulty in identifying professional needs and emerging opportunities.