This course provides students with skills relating to patient-centered communication, medication adherence, patient evaluation and triage, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic self-care treatment selection and counseling, patient education, and point-of-care testing. Communication skills will focus on professional interpersonal verbal and nonverbal communication strategies, cultural competence, patient interviewing and counseling, handling difficult situations, and motivational interviewing. Students will be introduced to basic medical terminology and introductory characteristics of the first half of the Top 300 Drugs through self-study. Skills and knowledge acquired in this course will be reinforced, applied, and assessed in the correlating recitation series. (PHAR 325)
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