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Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Elective Rotation: A Study in Growth, Compassion and Professionalism

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Intent: To develop a disaster relief elective that would refine problem solving, self-directed and service learning skills. Process: A disaster relief experiential elective rotation was developed for fourth year pharmacy students. The syllabus, created largely by students, defined the rotation objective as assistance with disaster relief efforts in whatever capacity students felt they could best serve. Students were instructed to use their skills as pharmacy students to the best of their abilities and as efficiently as possible. Students provided daily reflections and met weekly with the preceptor to review objectives, progress, and problems. Students also delivered a Professional Seminar Series (PSS) to the entire pharmacy school regarding disaster impact, rotation development, rotation accomplishments, and disaster relief organizations. Outcomes: Students independently identified areas of pharmacy need including a charitable pharmacy, an International Medical Alliance emergency medical clinic where they established a pharmacy, and a relief shelter where they assisted in obtaining medications and supplies. Students gained a direct education regarding the organization and structure of disaster relief organizations, their roles, and how to provide volunteer services. Implications: Students served disaster relief victims in many ways that may not be measurable, but the immeasurable gains were enormous: professional maturity and growth, compassion, initiative, resilience, servitude, and humanity. Pharmacy students demonstrated that they had the professional maturity, initiative and flexibility to identify areas where they could be of most assistance and actively participate. The students gained an invaluable experience that will continue to provide them with a sense of professional servitude and humanity.
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Chung, Allison., Thomas, Gerald. and Byrd, Debbie. "Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Elective Rotation: A Study in Growth, Compassion and Professionalism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA, Jul 05, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p118730_index.html>

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Chung, A. M., Thomas, G. and Byrd, D. C. , 2006-07-05 "Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Elective Rotation: A Study in Growth, Compassion and Professionalism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p118730_index.html

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Abstract: Intent: To develop a disaster relief elective that would refine problem solving, self-directed and service learning skills. Process: A disaster relief experiential elective rotation was developed for fourth year pharmacy students. The syllabus, created largely by students, defined the rotation objective as assistance with disaster relief efforts in whatever capacity students felt they could best serve. Students were instructed to use their skills as pharmacy students to the best of their abilities and as efficiently as possible. Students provided daily reflections and met weekly with the preceptor to review objectives, progress, and problems. Students also delivered a Professional Seminar Series (PSS) to the entire pharmacy school regarding disaster impact, rotation development, rotation accomplishments, and disaster relief organizations. Outcomes: Students independently identified areas of pharmacy need including a charitable pharmacy, an International Medical Alliance emergency medical clinic where they established a pharmacy, and a relief shelter where they assisted in obtaining medications and supplies. Students gained a direct education regarding the organization and structure of disaster relief organizations, their roles, and how to provide volunteer services. Implications: Students served disaster relief victims in many ways that may not be measurable, but the immeasurable gains were enormous: professional maturity and growth, compassion, initiative, resilience, servitude, and humanity. Pharmacy students demonstrated that they had the professional maturity, initiative and flexibility to identify areas where they could be of most assistance and actively participate. The students gained an invaluable experience that will continue to provide them with a sense of professional servitude and humanity.

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