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Mock interviews for internships: Improving pharmacy student preparedness using formative assessment

Bushell, Mary-Jessimine, Austin, Judith, Moore, Leigh J. and Adams, Angela (2015). Mock interviews for internships: Improving pharmacy student preparedness using formative assessment. Pharmacy Education,15(1):159-161.

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IRMA ID 75039815xPUB944
Title Mock interviews for internships: Improving pharmacy student preparedness using formative assessment
Author Bushell, Mary-Jessimine
Austin, Judith
Moore, Leigh J.
Adams, Angela
Journal Name Pharmacy Education
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1560-2214   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84932601964
Start Page 159
End Page 161
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher International Pharmaceutical Federation,Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Introduction/context: Formative assessment, also referred to as assessment for learning, has been used in higher education to provide individually tailored feedback to students with the goal of improving current performance.

Aim: To determine whether formative assessment is an effective method for increasing students’ odds of obtaining an intern pharmacist position.

Description of assessment method: Student participants were involved in a formative assessment task which involved two simulated mock interviews, one specific for community and one specific for hospital pharmacy. In preparation for the mock pharmacy interviews students received training and support from the university Careers and Employment Service. Training included how to develop their curriculum vitae, write a cover letter and respond appropriately to selection criteria and how to prepare for and interview well. After completion of interviews students received individual formative feedback.

Evaluation: Students were asked to complete two questionnaires to help identify the value of the assessment task. One questionnaire was completed directly after receiving formative feedback, the second after students had applied for actual intern positions approximately eight months after completing the formative assessment task. Most students (8/9) reported the formative assessment task helped them identify their areas of weakness, and allowed them to prepare in such areas prior to their actual interviews. Most students (8/9) indicated that the feedback helped them perform in their actual interviews.

Future implementation: Students valued the formative assessment task. There is scope to embed this assessment task into the undergraduate pharmacy curricula. Collaboration with the university Careers and Employment Service helped enhance student preparedness.
Keywords Formative Assessment
Simulated Mock Interview
Pharmacy Education
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