To Virtual or Not

December 07, 2021
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Keeping What Worked Well Virtually in Skills Laboratory Sessions

Hosted by the Laboratory Instructors SIG

During the 2020–2021 academic year, many pharmacy programs transitioned from traditionally delivering skills-based courses in-person to delivering all or most skills coursework online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this academic year returning to a more pre-pandemic format and skills labs back to in-person, the question remains what worked well in the pandemic virtually and what should we continue post-pandemic.


  1. Describe virtual skills-based activities that worked well during the pandemic and could be continued in the skills lab post-pandemic.
  2. Compare and contrast benefits and barriers to implementing virtual skills activities and assessments.
  3. Discuss best practices regarding virtual skills activities and assessments.


Ashlee McMillan
Clinical Associate Professor 
West Virginia University School of Pharmacy


Krista L. Donohoe, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Associate Professor & Skills Lab Director
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy

Andrea L. Porter, PharmD
Associate Professor and Director of Pharmacotherapy Laboratories
University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Pharmacy

Jamie L. Woodyard, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Director of Professional Skills Laboratories
Purdue University College of Pharmacy 

Amanda Eades, PharmD, BCACP, AE0C
Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Patient Care Skills Laboratory
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Lindsay A. Brust-Sisti, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor - Internal Medicine
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Laura A. Perry, PharmD, BCPS
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
University of Findlay College of Pharmacy 

Deanna Tran, PharmD, BCACP
Associate Professor & Director of the Pharmacy Practice Laboratories 
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy