Report: Pharmacy students benefit by early introduction to MTM curricula

January 12, 2012

Two pharmacy organizations issued a report aimed at helping colleges and schools of pharmacy develop medication therapy management curricula. The study also emphasized the importance of students learning these lessons early.

Two pharmacy organizations issued a report aimed at helping colleges and schools of pharmacy develop medication therapy management (MTM) curricula. The study also emphasized the importance of students learning these lessons early.

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) recently released the report, Development and Implementation of Curricula Strategies in Medication Therapy Management by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy – Summary Report of Submissions.

“The findings suggest that student pharmacists will gain an overall greater appreciation and understanding of MTM if it is introduced early,” according to a statement from APhA and AACP.

In addition, introductory pharmacy practice experience MTM encounters should be aligned with didactic coursework to ensure that an opportunity for application of MTM services exists for all student pharmacists.

According to the report, the business aspects of MTM should be covered in detail, providing student pharmacists with the introductory knowledge and know-how to incorporate and deliver MTM services in a practice.

The report summarizes 18 submissions received from a call for successful practices by colleges and schools of pharmacy incorporating MTM into their curricula.