What is it about?

This article provides a step-by-step guide on creating a high-impact student-centered, active learning experience. The approach described transforms principles of education science into applicable actionable steps for instructors. The article utilizes a case example of teaching pharmacy students how to measure blood pressure to demonstrate the application of theory to practice.

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We provide high-impact, best practice teaching and learning strategies that are applicable to all health profession programs (e.g., medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and others). Health professions students are expected to provide competent and skillful performance of specialized skills (e.g., physical assessment, blood pressure measurement) upon graduation. Instructors and programs must utilize a coherent, systematic, evidence-based approach towards designing instruction to facilitate student progression andn achievement of entrustability in professional activities.


The high-impact, best practices provided in this article serves as a guide for health professions instructors and programs to facilitate student learner training in specialized skills along the competency, pre-entrustment, and entrustment spectrum. I hope this article is helpful for entry-level as well as seasoned educators in the health professions.

Jack Chen

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This page is a summary of: Gagné’s 9 Events of Instruction With Active Learning: Teaching Student Pharmacists How to Measure Blood Pressure, Journal of Pharmacy Practice, September 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0897190019875610.
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