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Preceptors - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

During the pre-professional component of Drake's curriculum, students begin their introduction to pharmacy practice through professional shadowing and mentoring experiences. These experiences are referred to as Integrative Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPE).  They do the important task of integrating didactic coursework with practicum experiences for students in their first three professional years of study.

New standards have been created by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in response to a quality improvement initiative within the profession. These changes directly affect early experiential programs, requiring early experiences to consume 5% of the total curriculum during the first three years of the professional pharmacy program.  Drake students will participate in 300+ contact hours during their first three professional years, which are designed to introduce students to the technical and professional expertise required to be effective in each environment and to prepare students for their final year of rotations and for their practice beyond graduation. 

Drake's approach to these new guidelines has also involved the integration of coursework with the activities completed as part of the experiential training during the first three years.  If you are interested in learning more about the specific course information and syllabi for the experiential portion of the students' education, choose from the links below:

P1 Students - Dispensing (Early Experience) & Geriatric Service Learning

Dispensing - Early Experience

P1 students will participate in dispensing activities, spending a minimum of 40 hours in a dispensing environment, such as a community practice or hospital setting.  Course goals include demonstration of skills in the competency categories of Drug Therapy Problem-Solving, Communication, Product and Service Management, and Professionalism in order to safely and accurately prepare and dispense medication in addition to comparing various pharmacy practice settings.

Geriatric Service Learning

Students spend a minimum of 20 hours getting to know a geriatric patient in a long term care or elder care facility.  The project is directed at developing professionalism, empathy, caring and communication through the development of a personal relationship between the student and an elderly individual.‌

P2 Students - Sterile Training & Patient Care Services

Sterile Training

P2 students will complete at least 8 hours in a sterile product environment. The Sterile Training Early Experience is designed to introduce the student to required technical expertise and professional decision making in the hospital or long-term care pharmacy setting. Course goals include demonstrating skills in competency categories of Communication, Product and Service Management, and Professionalism in order to safely and accurately prepare medications using sterile technique.‌

Patient Care Services

Students in their second professional year will complete at least 8 hours per elective in a patient care service environment. The Patient Care Service Early Experience is designed to introduce students to professional services and practice management. Course goals include demonstrating skills in competency categories of Drug Therapy Problem-Solving, Communication, Product and Service Management, and Professionalism in order to provide excellent patient care through professional services.

Diversity Learning Service

Students will also spend 40-45 hours completing service-learning project in a free clinic environment. By working in healthcare environments available for the under-served community in the Des Moines area students will build skills in drug therapy problem-solving, communications, product and service management, and professionalism. 

P3 Students - Patient Care Services, Continuity of Care & Drug Therapy Problem Solving

Patient Care Services

P3 students will complete an additional 8 hours per elective in a patient care service environment. The Patient Care Service Early Experience is designed to introduce students to professional services and practice management. Course goals include demonstrating skills in competency categories of Drug Therapy Problem-Solving, Communication, Product and Service Management, and Professionalism in order to provide excellent patient care through professional services.

Continuity of Care

In addition, students in their third professional year will complete at least 40 hours in a pharmacy practice environment focused on continuity of care. The Continuity of Care Early Experience is designed to introduce students to the medication reconciliation process and other issues related to continuity of care in various pharmacy practice settings including ambulatory, hospital, surgical and others. Course goals include demonstrating skills in competency categories of Drug Therapy Problem-Solving, Communication, Product and Service Management, and Professionalism in order to provide excellent patient care.

Drug Therapy Problem Solving

Students will spend a minimum of 40 hours in a pharmacy practice environment.  The course is designed to have students gain experience in the drug therapy problem identification and resolution process in active pharmacy practice settings including ambulatory, hospital, long-term care, quality assurance and others.  Course goals include demonstration of skills in competency categories of Drug Therapy Problem-Solving, Communication, Product and Service Management, and Professionalism in order to provide excellent patient care.

 

 

 

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