Assessing Students' Impressions of the Cultural Awareness of Pharmacy Faculty and Students.
journal contributionposted on 22.08.2022, 02:35 authored by Nicholas G Popovich, Clara Okorie-Awé, Stephanie CrawfordStephanie Crawford, Fabricio BalcazarFabricio Balcazar, Rosalyn VellurattilRosalyn Vellurattil, Terry MooreTerry Moore, Allison SchrieverAllison Schriever
Objective. To determine pharmacy students' impressions of their faculty's interactions with diverse student and patient populations. Methods. Three student focus groups were convened. Eighty-four page transcripts were coded, and emergent themes were identified by qualitative analysis. Results. Students defined diversity as multidimensional beyond traditional categories. Emergent themes were faculty awareness or lack of awareness of cultural diversity, disparate cultural perspectives and preferences within student groups, teaching/learning approaches to prepare students to be more culturally competent, and student group dynamics. First- and second-year students emphasized student-to-student interactions, while third- and fourth-year students emphasized a lack of preparation for the realities of contemporary practice based on instructional methods. Conclusion. Students perceived the majority of their pharmacy faculty to be culturally sensitive and aware, but microaggression and discrimination from faculty and student peers were experienced. Study implications can potentially improve curricular offerings, cultural awareness of faculty and students, and care to diverse patient populations.