Educating pharmacy students to improve quality (EPIQ) in colleges and schools of pharmacy

Adrienne M. Gilligan, Jaclyn Myers, James D. Nash, Jill E. Lavigne, Leticia R. Moczygemba, Kimberly S. Plake, Ana C. Quiñones-Boex, David Holdford, Donna West-Strum, Terri L. Warholak

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Objective. To assess course instructors' and students' perceptions of the Educating Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists to Improve Quality (EPIQ) curriculum. Methods. Seven colleges and schools of pharmacy that were using the EPIQ program in their curricula agreed to participate in the study. Five of the 7 collected student retrospective pre- and post-intervention questionnaires. Changes in students' perceptions were evaluated to assess their relationships with demographics and course variables. Instructors who implemented the EPIQ program at each of the 7 colleges and schools were also asked to complete a questionnaire. Results. Scores on all questionnaire items indicated improvement in students' perceived knowledge of quality improvement. The university the students attended, completion of a class project, and length of coverage of material were significantly related to improvement in the students' scores. Instructors at all colleges and schools felt the EPIQ curriculum was a strong program that fulfilled the criteria for quality improvement and medication error reduction education. Conclusion The EPIQ program is a viable, turnkey option for colleges and schools of pharmacy to use in teaching students about quality improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2012


  • Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Medication error
  • Pharmacy education
  • Pharmacy student
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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