1308. Predictors of career interest in infectious diseases among US pharmacy students
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Medical Education
Friday, October 5, 2018
Room: S Poster Hall
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  • Background: Pharmacists have a central role in infectious diseases (ID) and antibiotic stewardship efforts across multiple healthcare settings. The demand for pharmacist to fill ID and stewardship related careers will likely increase as institutions create antibiotic stewardship programs in response to the 2016 Joint Commission standard. The objective of this study is to compare students’ perceptions of their school’s ID curriculum between students interested in an ID career and those who are not.

    Methods: A cross-sectional survey study of students graduating from US pharmacy schools was conducted in September 2017. Students received the survey link from the ID faculty at participating schools.

    Results: 537 students from 28 pharmacy schools completed surveys. Quality of ID didactic education was rated as Very Good by 220 (41%), Good by 219 (40%), Acceptable by 76 (14%), and Poor by 22 (4%) respondents. The most common career interests were ambulatory care (44%), community practice (38%), and infectious diseases (29%). The most common preferred practice settings for students with an interest in ID (n=157) were inpatient/hospital (86%), inpatient stewardship (70%), and inpatient ID consult service (66%). Differences in responses about didactic ID education between students interested in an ID career and those not interested included: perception of education as Very Good (52% vs. 37%, p=0.005), faculty providing handouts and/or worksheets (89% vs. 82%, p=0.009), and the desire for more time allocated to antibiotic stewardship (47% vs. 31%, p<0.001). Multivariate logistic regression found variables to be predictive of pharmacy student interest in an ID career including: pharmacy school curriculum (OR 2.5, 95% CI 1.5-4.0), perception of a Very Good didactic ID education (OR 1.5, 95% CI 1.0-2.3), and faculty mentor(s) (OR 1.8, 95% CI 1.2-2.7).

    Conclusion: Pharmacy students expressing interest in ID as a career had positive views of their didactic ID education, were more likely to report faculty mentorship, and desired more time for antibiotic stewardship in the curriculum. These results can inform efforts to encourage pharmacy students to pursue careers in ID.

    Meghan Jeffres, PharmD, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Aurora, CO, Lauren Biehle, PharmD, BCPS, University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy, Laramie, WY and Conan Macdougall, PharmD, MAS, BCPS, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy, San Francisco, CA


    M. Jeffres, None

    L. Biehle, None

    C. Macdougall, None

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