PharmD students at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy complete over 1,900 hours of hands-on experiences. Of these hours, about 20% are considered Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and are completed in the first three years of the program. Students complete another 1,600 hours of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) during the fourth year. 

 

During the first year, introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) are embedded in individual courses. Through these experiences, students develop professional skills in a supportive, hands-on environment. Various career and shadow experiences enable students to interact with fourth year students and pharmacy professionals to gain broad exposure to the opportunities and expectations of their future careers. In-class simulations offer students a structured and controlled environment to practice communication skills, patient counseling, and health screening techniques.

Service Learning For Health Professionals

All PharmD students complete an interprofessional Service-Learning course in their first-year. The course focuses on  social determinents of health, including health care disparities and access to care for the medically underserved, while encouraging professional responsibility for civic engagement. Students in this interprofessional course will work together with students from U-M’s dental, social work, nursing, and public health programs. Each person will complete 20 hours of service at one of a dozen community agencies as well as 2 hours of direct shadowing of a Social Worker. 

Longitudinal Early Practice Experience (LEPE)

First- and second-year PharmD students participate in a unique home-visit program called LEPE. Pairs of students are assigned to an older adult community partner who they meet with several times throughout the first and second years.The meetings include guided discussions of the partner’s health history and medication usage. Each visit corresponds to an assignment in one of the core courses offered during these two years. Students and partners have a chance to build an ongoing relationship while students are exposed to the wide range of issues and concerns faced by people who take multiple medications.

Community IPPE

The Community Pharmacy IPPE is a 13-week experience that provides exposure to community retail pharmacy practice. Students are placed with pharmacists in selected community pharmacies to gain hands-on experience dispensing medications, performing drug therapy assessments, counseling patients about prescription and non-prescription medications, solving medication problems in the community pharmacy setting, and learning how a community pharmacy operates. Through this experience, students enhance pharmacy practice skills learned earlier in the curriculum and begin to develop the requisite skills and attitudes needed to practice effectively in the community retail pharmacy setting.

Students spend eight hours each week over 13 weeks in the fall or winter semester participating in practice activities and engaging with health care professionals in a community pharmacy. Through this experience, students earn 104 hours of practical experience applicable toward licensure requirements.

Ambulatory Care IPPE

The goal of ths IPPE is to expose students to patient care activities in the ambulatory care setting. This will include exposure to counseling patients, taking medication histories, and solving medication problems in consultation with other health care providers. Students will receive 16 IPPE hours over the 13 weeks during the fall or winter semester. 

Health System/Hospital IPPE

This 13-week experience that provides exposure to pharmacy practice in a health system or hospital setting. During the third professional year, students gain practical experience with systems used to manage and control medications in this setting. Students are introduced to drug distribution systems, pharmacy operations, sterile product preparation, and medication safety and risk management systems. They respond to drug information queries, solve medication problems in consultation with other health care practitioners, provide patient education, and participate in clinical services provided by the pharmacy department (e.g., pharmacokinetic dosing services, anticoagulation services, etc.). Through this experience, students enhance pharmacy practice skills learned earlier in the curriculum and begin to develop the requisite skills and attitudes needed to practice effectively in the health system/hospital setting.

Students spend eight hours each week over 13 weeks in the fall or winter semester engaging with health care professionals and participating in practice activities in a health system/hospital pharmacy. Through this experience, students earn 104 hours of practical experience applicable toward licensure requirements.

 

Direct Patient Care IPPE

This 13-week experience that focuses on communicating with patients to obtain medication histories, collecting information from medical records and documenting pharmacy-related activities in the medical record. Students will perform medication reconciliation, communicate potential medication-related problems to other health care providers, and educate patients about medications. During the third professional year, students are placed with pharmacists in selected health systems, hospitals or clinics to gain experience in these areas to further development of the requisite skills and attitudes needed to provide patient care.

Students spend four hours each week over 13 weeks in the fall or winter semester participating in practice activities and engaging with patients and health care professionals; an additional two hours per week is spent in case presentations. Through this experience, students earn 76 hours of practical experience applicable toward licensure requirements.

The fourth and final year of the program is the culmination of the first three years of clinical, classroom and laboratory preparation.  This year is comprised entirely of APPEs and is divided into nine, five-week rotation blocks. Students are required to complete eight rotations and may choose to complete a ninth. These experiences represent a full-time commitment; students spend a minimum of 40 hours each week at the experiential site or participating in site activities.

Currently, students must complete the following APPE rotations: Ambulatory Care, Community Retail, Drug Information, Health System/Hospital Pharmacy, Inpatient Care, and Non-Traditional/Contemporary. 

 

Year 1

During the first year, introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) are embedded in individual courses. Through these experiences, students develop professional skills in a supportive, hands-on environment. Various career and shadow experiences enable students to interact with fourth year students and pharmacy professionals to gain broad exposure to the opportunities and expectations of their future careers. In-class simulations offer students a structured and controlled environment to practice communication skills, patient counseling, and health screening techniques.

Service Learning For Health Professionals

All PharmD students complete an interprofessional Service-Learning course in their first-year. The course focuses on  social determinents of health, including health care disparities and access to care for the medically underserved, while encouraging professional responsibility for civic engagement. Students in this interprofessional course will work together with students from U-M’s dental, social work, nursing, and public health programs. Each person will complete 20 hours of service at one of a dozen community agencies as well as 2 hours of direct shadowing of a Social Worker. 

Longitudinal Early Practice Experience (LEPE)

First- and second-year PharmD students participate in a unique home-visit program called LEPE. Pairs of students are assigned to an older adult community partner who they meet with several times throughout the first and second years.The meetings include guided discussions of the partner’s health history and medication usage. Each visit corresponds to an assignment in one of the core courses offered during these two years. Students and partners have a chance to build an ongoing relationship while students are exposed to the wide range of issues and concerns faced by people who take multiple medications.

Year 2

Community IPPE

The Community Pharmacy IPPE is a 13-week experience that provides exposure to community retail pharmacy practice. Students are placed with pharmacists in selected community pharmacies to gain hands-on experience dispensing medications, performing drug therapy assessments, counseling patients about prescription and non-prescription medications, solving medication problems in the community pharmacy setting, and learning how a community pharmacy operates. Through this experience, students enhance pharmacy practice skills learned earlier in the curriculum and begin to develop the requisite skills and attitudes needed to practice effectively in the community retail pharmacy setting.

Students spend eight hours each week over 13 weeks in the fall or winter semester participating in practice activities and engaging with health care professionals in a community pharmacy. Through this experience, students earn 104 hours of practical experience applicable toward licensure requirements.

Ambulatory Care IPPE

The goal of ths IPPE is to expose students to patient care activities in the ambulatory care setting. This will include exposure to counseling patients, taking medication histories, and solving medication problems in consultation with other health care providers. Students will receive 16 IPPE hours over the 13 weeks during the fall or winter semester. 

Year 3

Health System/Hospital IPPE

This 13-week experience that provides exposure to pharmacy practice in a health system or hospital setting. During the third professional year, students gain practical experience with systems used to manage and control medications in this setting. Students are introduced to drug distribution systems, pharmacy operations, sterile product preparation, and medication safety and risk management systems. They respond to drug information queries, solve medication problems in consultation with other health care practitioners, provide patient education, and participate in clinical services provided by the pharmacy department (e.g., pharmacokinetic dosing services, anticoagulation services, etc.). Through this experience, students enhance pharmacy practice skills learned earlier in the curriculum and begin to develop the requisite skills and attitudes needed to practice effectively in the health system/hospital setting.

Students spend eight hours each week over 13 weeks in the fall or winter semester engaging with health care professionals and participating in practice activities in a health system/hospital pharmacy. Through this experience, students earn 104 hours of practical experience applicable toward licensure requirements.

 

Direct Patient Care IPPE

This 13-week experience that focuses on communicating with patients to obtain medication histories, collecting information from medical records and documenting pharmacy-related activities in the medical record. Students will perform medication reconciliation, communicate potential medication-related problems to other health care providers, and educate patients about medications. During the third professional year, students are placed with pharmacists in selected health systems, hospitals or clinics to gain experience in these areas to further development of the requisite skills and attitudes needed to provide patient care.

Students spend four hours each week over 13 weeks in the fall or winter semester participating in practice activities and engaging with patients and health care professionals; an additional two hours per week is spent in case presentations. Through this experience, students earn 76 hours of practical experience applicable toward licensure requirements.

Year 4

The fourth and final year of the program is the culmination of the first three years of clinical, classroom and laboratory preparation.  This year is comprised entirely of APPEs and is divided into nine, five-week rotation blocks. Students are required to complete eight rotations and may choose to complete a ninth. These experiences represent a full-time commitment; students spend a minimum of 40 hours each week at the experiential site or participating in site activities.

Currently, students must complete the following APPE rotations: Ambulatory Care, Community Retail, Drug Information, Health System/Hospital Pharmacy, Inpatient Care, and Non-Traditional/Contemporary. 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013