Assessing Outcomes and Perceived Benefits of a Professional Development Seminar Series

Zueger, Patrick M.; Katz, Norman L.; Popovich, Nicholas G.
December 2014
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education;2014, Vol. 78 Issue 8, p1
Academic Journal
Objective. To evaluate the outcomes of alumni who were enrolled in a professional development seminar series during their doctor of pharmacy program. Design. A weekly development seminar series was administered over 5 semesters with the goal of bringing academic advisees together to help develop performance-based abilities, prepare them for entry into the profession after graduation, and provide exposure to different career opportunities. Assessment. A survey instrument containing 39 Likert-type scale items, 2 open-ended questions, and a 10-item demographic survey was created and content-validated to assess the effect of the seminar series on alumni advisees' perceived outcomes and professional development since their graduation. The survey was electronically forwarded to advisees from the graduating classes of 2005 to 2012, and response data was collected with Qualtrics, a web-based survey service. A total of 36 percent of alumni responded to the survey. Respondents cited exposure to career alternatives and opportunities, development of presentation and communication skills, networking, and the importance of advisor/mentor relationships as benefits of the seminar series. Conclusion. The professional development seminar series has demonstrated a positive impact on alumni advisees' career development and professional outcomes, most notably relating to career path exposure, communication skills, and advisor/mentor relationships.


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