This team-based learning (TBL) module covers how to effectively work together to manage patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and discuss the choice of the appropriate pharmacologic therapy. The students will also be asked to write a prescription for their choice. This TBL case is one of six bimonthly TBL modules used in the clinical pharmacology course that is offered to third-year medical students at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. This case has so far been used more than 10 times. We did not evaluate outcomes of each individual module, so the positive outcomes we observed are for the course as a whole. Nevertheless, we have been observing a very high level of student-student interaction during all modules in general and it is our impression that students are satisfied with the modules. Other published TBL modules in this series address the treatment of diabetes mellitus type II, treatment of dyslipidemia, treatment of venous thromboembolism, pain management, and treatment of community acquired pneumonia.
- Work effectively in small groups to solve a clinical therapeutic case scenario.
- Define and classify the different severities and stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Develop an appropriate pharmacologic treatment regimen for patients with stable COPD based on disease severity and patients with exacerbations of COPD.
- Develop a monitoring plan for the efficacy and toxicity of the chosen pharmacologic therapy.
- Modify the treatment regimen for patients who experience adverse events or do not have adequate symptom relief on initial regimen.
- Write a prescription.
- Zgheib N.K, Simaan J.A, and Sabra R. Using Team Based Learning to Teach Clinical Pharmacology in Medical School: Student Satisfaction and Improved Performance. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2011 Jul; 51(7):1101-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0091270010375428
- Bou Akl I, Ghaddar F, Sabra R, Simaan J, Parmelee D, Zgheib, N Teaching Clinical Pharmacology Using Team Based Learning: A Comparison Between Third and Fourth Year Medical Students. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2011 Dec 15. [Epub ahead of print]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0091270011428986
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