Background: Meaningful use of electronic medical records (EMRs) is critical for providing high-quality, patient-centered care. However, many pharmacy students are not exposed to EMRs until the experiential components of the curriculum. Educational activity and setting: We created a low-cost simulated EMR (SEMR) using Microsoft PowerPoint software (Microsoft, Redmond, WA, Version 16.16) to use in a case-based application course for second-year pharmacy students for two consecutive years. Findings: Pre- and post-assessment surveys of 162 students indicated that perceived confidence and efficiency navigating EMRs improved after the activity. Students agreed that the activity enhanced learning, improved understanding of how to extract meaningful data from EMRs, benefited their preparation for the fourth professional year, and demonstrated the role of informatics in patient care. Incorporation of a SEMR using Microsoft PowerPoint enhances student perceptions of proficiency in navigating the patient medical record. Adoption of similar activities into pharmacy curricula may be an attractive option when adequate financial resources for simulation are unavailable.
- Electronic medical record