Enhancing Your Self-Care Teaching through Incorporation of Simulation

February 26, 2020
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET

Hosted by the Self-Care Therapeutics/Nonprescription Medicine SIG. 

Simulation offers students an opportunity to apply knowledge to realistic patient situations and pharmacy practice scenarios within a supportive classroom environment. Specifically related to self-care and nonprescription medicine recommendations, simulation allows for the development of essential critical thinking skills. Presenters from three institutions will discuss examples of how they utilize simulation to enhance self-care and nonprescription medicine education in their programs.


  1. Describe MyDispense, a highly interactive web-based platform, and its application to self-care recommendations.
  2. Discuss the use of Simulated Patient Encounter Case (SPEC) in a self-care course to increase the student experience in interviewing, assessing, and providing self-care recommendations. 
  3. Identify strategies to integrate simulation-based self-care experiences into pharmacy curricula.


Katelyn Alexander, PharmD
Associate Professor
East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy


Laura Knockel, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Chelsea Renfro, PharmD
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Simulation-based Education
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Deanna Tran, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Pharmacy Practice Laboratories
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy