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Block: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1
Block #: PHRM 597
Academic Year: 2014-2015
Professional Year: 2
Section I. Block Description & Goals
Block
Coordinators &
Contact
Information:
Bridget Perkins, PharmD, RPh
Adjunct Professor
[email protected]
Phone: 503-819-6790
Jeremy Hughes, PharmD, RPh
Director of Experiential Education & Assistant Professor
[email protected]
Phone: 503-352-2682
Other Contact Courtney Kraus, PharmD, RPh
Information: Coordinator for Experiential Advancement & Assistant Professor
[email protected]
Phone: 503-352-7363
Credit(s) &
2 credit longitudinal course, 7 block days, 56 contact hours.
format:
Prerequisites:
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Successful completion of PHRM 596
Enrollment in first professional year
Oregon pharmacy intern license
Washington pharmacy intern registration
Block Description:
 In this experiential block, which occurs every other Tuesday, students spend time at a community pharmacy site.
Emphasis is placed on integration of didactic and experiential curricula in the form of Learning Bridge assignments,
orientation to pharmacy practice including patient and healthcare provider interactions, medication processing
systems, and learning healthcare provider roles.
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Each IPPE-1 practice setting visit is a minimum of 8.5 hours in duration, which includes 8 patient contact hours
and ½ hour for lunch.
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Student-based rotational internship (SRI) hours will be accumulated for these experiences.
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While at the assigned practice setting, you are a GUEST and the preceptor is providing a service to you and the
School.
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The preceptor and the pharmacy team will teach and guide you during your practice setting visits and may assign
additional tasks to enhance learning while you’re at the practice site.
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Block: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1
Block #: PHRM 597
Academic Year: 2014-2015
Professional Year: 2
Block Goals:
1. Upon completion of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1 (IPPE 1) each student will be responsible for the
following pre-Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Intern competencies:
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Accurately dispense medications or order fulfillment (patient safety element):
Demonstrate a commitment to and a valuing of patient safety by assuring accurate preparation, labeling, dispensing and distribution
of prescriptions and medication orders.
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Basic Patient Assessment
Collect, record, and assess subjective and objective patient data to define health and medication-related problems. Patient information
must be collected in a manner demonstrating knowledge of patient educational level, the unique cultural and socioeconomic situations
of patients, and comply with requirements for patient privacy.
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Medication Information
Demonstrate knowledge of and accept responsibility for that knowledge of commonly used medications, formulations and drug
products.
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Identification and Assessment of Drug related Problems
Correlate drug related variables and patient related variables to identify and assess drug related problems. Evaluate how the unique
characteristics of patients and patient populations impact on manifestations of drug-related problems.
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Mathematics applied to pharmaceutical calculations, compounded medications, dose calculations, and applications of
pharmacokinetic calculations
Utilize pharmaceutical and pharmacokinetics mathematics to perform accurate medication calculations. Value the importance of total
accuracy in performing and applying these calculations.
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Ethical, Professional, and Legal Behavior
In all health-care activities, demonstrate knowledge of and sensitivity towards the unique characteristics of each patient. Comply with
all federal, state, and local laws related to pharmacy practice. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in all practice activities.
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General Communication Abilities
Demonstrate effective communication abilities in interactions with patients, their families and care givers, and other health care
providers. Communication should be consistent with education level, cultural issues, and be empathetic. Elicit feedback validating
understanding of communication.
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Patient Interaction and Education
Provide effective health and medication information to patients and/or care givers and confirm patient and/or care giver
understanding of the information being provided.
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Drug Information Analysis and Literature Research
Assess information needs of patients and health providers and apply knowledge of study design and literature analysis and retrieval to
provide accurate, evidence-based drug information.
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Block: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1
Block #: PHRM 597
Academic Year: 2014-2015
Professional Year: 2
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Health and Wellness – Public Health
Know and apply principles of health and wellness in the provision of individual and population-based health and wellness information.
Integrate unique characteristics of individuals and populations in the design of health and wellness information.
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Insurance /Prescription Drug Coverage
Utilize knowledge of a wide array of private and public health insurance options to assist patients and care givers in obtaining their
medications and related para-pharmaceuticals in an affordable manner that meets their health care needs.
 Interprofessional Health Care Team
Understand the roles and responsibilities of and interact appropriately with all members of the health care team.
 Medication Use Systems
Understand the various medication use systems across practices of pharmacy.
2. Upon completion of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1 (IPPE 1) each student will be responsible for the
following professional competencies:
 Student is empathic
Demonstrates appreciation of others’ positions; attempts to identify with others’ perspectives; demonstrates consideration towards
others.
 Student behaves in an ethical manner
Acts in patients’ best interests; acts in accord with the profession’s and/or practice site’s code of ethics.
 Student communicates articulately
Clearly communicates thoughts; uses appropriate terminology and vocabulary for intended audience.
 Student is punctual
Arrives at practice site and meetings early or on time; meets deadlines for completion of tasks and responsibilities.
 Student maintains confidentiality
Engages in discussions or other activities involving patient- and/or site-specific information for purposes of fulfilling professional
responsibilities only; maintains confidential nature of patient- and/or site-specific documents.
 Student is respectful
Demonstrates regard for patients, superiors, colleagues, other personnel, and property; acts in a manner that shows recognition that
he/she is a guest at the practice site as a professional student.
 Student demonstrates accountability
Holds oneself liable for tasks/duties/responsibilities that he/she is responsible; does not blame others for mistakes or mishaps, nor
avoids responsibilities.
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Block: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1
Block #: PHRM 597
Academic Year: 2014-2015
Professional Year: 2
 Student accepts and applies constructive criticism
Responds openly and positively to feedback; modifies behavior if necessary.
 Student wears appropriate attire
Adheres to dress code (written or unwritten); attire is acceptable to practice setting.
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Student demonstrates confidence
 Acts and communicates in a self-assured manner, yet with modesty and humility.
Block Attendance Requirements:
Attendance is mandatory at the IPPE-1 site visits and other scheduled experiential activities.
Attendance Policy:
1. Attendance is mandatory for all experiential training. If a student is ill or has a personal emergency, the Block
Coordinator should be contacted via email and site preceptor must be contacted via the telephone as early as
possible prior to the site visit.
2. An Absence Request form must be completed for each instance and submitted to the Block Coordinator within 24
hours. Failure to comply will result in an “unexcused absence” and may delay progression in the professional
program. Documentation from a physician or relevant third party may be required for any absence.
3. Requests for time off for professional activities (e.g., Association meetings) must be submitted to the Block
Coordinator and the site preceptor at least 2-weeks in advance for review. Time off for pre-planned absences will
be reviewed for approval on a case-by-case basis.
4. All absences will be made up during the Extended Learning block(s). The date and time of the makeup will be
determined with the site preceptor and the Block Co-coordinators.
5. Unexcused absences will not be permitted. In the event of any absences the student will be assigned a grade of
Incomplete (I) until all experiential requirements have been completed. Examples of valid reasons for excused
absences from an Experiential site visit include, but are not limited to, the following (with documentation):
 Hospitalization of the student due to illness or accident
 Death in the student’s immediate family (i.e., spouse, parents, guardians, siblings, children)
 Summon of the student to appear for Jury Duty or before a court
6. The School reserves the right to remove a student from an experiential site at any time if there is a concern for
patient safety or any inappropriate professional or ethical behavior. If a student receives a score of No Pass for
any of the IPPE courses, the student may be granted the opportunity to remediate that block, if approved by the
Student Promotions Committee. Remediation will be allowed as outlined in the Experiential Manual. Failure to
pass the block a second time will result in removal from the program. The Student Promotion Committee
examines exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis.
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Block: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1
Block #: PHRM 597
Academic Year: 2014-2015
Professional Year: 2
Policies:
The School and University policies concerning academic integrity and dishonesty, as well as student conduct are
described in the Pacific University School of Pharmacy (SOP) Student Handbook and the Experiential Manual.
These Handbooks incorporate School policy with University policy to ensure the proper handling of all academic,
professional, and experiential issues faced by students.
Requirements to Pass This Block:
Activity
Requirement
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Assessments
Daily self-reflections
o Due in Moodle by 17:00 on Thursday
 Daily logging of practice experience hours
o Due in E*Value by 17:00 on Thursday
 Student assessment of preceptor
o Due in E*Value by 17:00 on the Friday after last site visit
 Student assessment of experience/site
o Due in E*Value by 17:00 on the Friday after last site visit
 Final assessment of student by preceptor
o Due in E*Value by 17:00 on the Friday after last site visit
 Daily self-reflections in Community Pharmacy sites
o Due in Moodle by 17:00 on Thursday
A self-reflection assignment is required for each site visit day. Students will briefly reflect on their strengths
and weaknesses related to their progress as a pharmacy intern in the community setting and set goals for the
future.
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Learning Bridge assignments in Community Pharmacy sites (See Learning Bridge packet posted on
Moodle)
Learning bridge assignments will be released with the other site visit days (Total: 4). These assignments are
designed to integrate the content of the spring Basic Sciences, Social and Administrative Science series, and
Pharmacy Practice 2 blocks with an opportunity for practical application.
Assignments
Self-reflection and Learning Bridge assignments will be graded using a structure of “does not meet
competency”, “meets competency”, or “exceeds competency”. All assignments and activities must meet or
exceed competency to pass the course.
o Remediation of “does not meet competency” is allowed. Remediated assignments and activities
that successfully meet the faculty grader’s satisfaction will be regraded as “meets competency”.
Unsuccessfully remediated assignments or activities will result in a course grade of No-Pass (N).
Unsatisfactory work: if the degree of effort during an activity or the quality of the submitted work is
deemed unsatisfactory by the grading faculty, it will be initially graded as “does not meet competency”.
Late work: late work will be initially graded as “does not meet competency”. At the course coordinator’s
discretion, students may be allowed to remediate the late assignment or complete an additional activity to
meet the grading faculty’s satisfaction
Students are allowed to have TWO late or incomplete assignment submissions throughout the semester to
account for any unforeseen circumstances that may arise. The student must communicate with the course
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Block: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1
Block #: PHRM 597
Academic Year: 2014-2015
Professional Year: 2
coordinator within 24 hours of the missed deadline. The course coordinator will determine an appropriate
extended deadline for submission. If a student has more than TWO late or incomplete assignment
submissions throughout the semester, they will receive an Incomplete-No Pass (IN) grade and will still be
responsible for completing the remainder of the course and activities.
All other assignments by the course faculty, including site preceptor/supervisor must be completed and
submitted as instructed. This applies to all in class, group, and homework assignments.
1.
Successful accumulation of ≥ 90% of the total points in the course is required to pass this course:
All students start with 100 points at beginning of semester. Points will be deducted for the following
infractions:
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Grading
2.
Unexcused Absence = 15 point deduction
Late documentation of hours = 5 point deduction
Late or incomplete daily reflection = 5 point deduction
Late or incomplete learning bridge = 10 point deduction
Unprofessional conduct* = 15 point deduction [and possible referral to Assistant Dean for Student
Affairs]
In addition to accumulation of ≥ 90% of the total points, the Block Coordinator will assign a final grade,
based upon, but not limited to, the following:
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Performance toward Block goals
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Final Assessment By Preceptor
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Preceptor feedback and communication
Failure to achieve a passing grade will result in ineligibility to enroll in the Introductory Pharmacy Practice
Experience 2 and delay your progression in the professional program.
ReExam/Remediation
* - Please refer to the Student Handbook for definitions of appropriate conduct.
Remediation will occur during Extended Learning and will be at the discretion of the Block Coordinator.
Methodologies may include, but are not limited to: practice site experience remediation, oral exam,
written exam, paper/project, or combination.
Extended Learning:
The goal of extended learning is to correct deficiencies to achieve a sound knowledge of the material pertinent to this
course. Material covered for the EL will be determined by the Block Coordinator in consultation with the faculty in the
block. All material will be available on Moodle.
Students will be informed no later than 10 AM on the first day of the EL period regarding the date and time of
their EL exam.
The format of the Extended Learning exam will be at the discretion of the Block Coordinator and will be
announced at the beginning of the EL period. Methodologies may include, but are not limited to: practice site
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Block: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1
Block #: PHRM 597
Academic Year: 2014-2015
Professional Year: 2
experience remediation, paper/project, oral exam, written exam, or combination.
Faculty availability for EL teaching will be communicated by the Block Coordinator at the beginning of the EL
period. Faculty will be available for review of material by e-mail and appointment Monday – Friday. Block faculty
do not provide “office hours” over the weekend, nor will they respond to student messages via phone or email
during that time. Please utilize the time provided by your faculty before and after the weekend.
A copy of the student’s skills rubrics will be available for review during the beginning of the EL period. The
block coordinator proctors this process and will email EL students when the rubrics are available for review.
Students are allowed to take notes, but should not directly copy any of the rubric feedback.
Failure to pass one or two extended learnings will result in academic probation and delay of graduation. Failure to pass
three extended learnings will result in dismissal from the program. For a complete explanation of the School of Pharmacy
Academic Standards of Progress, please refer to the School of Pharmacy Student Handbook.
Dean’s List & Graduation Academic Excellence Award
For students to be considered for the Dean’s List and/or Graduation Academic Excellence Award, the following are
required of students for this longitudinal block:
1) attend site visits as scheduled classes unless an absence or schedule change has been approved by the block
coordinator and the Director for Experiential Education;
2) receive a “Pass” on all Self-Reflections and Learning Bridge Assignments
3) all assignments turned in on time (course allows for two late assignments in consideration of unforeseen
circumstances) and,
4) not have probationary action from the Student Progressions Committee and have no unprofessional conduct
within the course.
Block Changes:
The provisions of this Block Syllabus may be added to, deleted from, or changed, if, in the opinion of the Block
Coordinator, it becomes necessary to do so to achieve block objectives. The students and curriculum committee
will be notified in advance of any such changes.
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Block: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1
Block #: PHRM 597
Academic Year: 2014-2015
Professional Year: 2
Section II. Block schedule
Before First Day of Block:
Contact your preceptor to discuss initial expectations such as shift times and dress code (i.e. whether to wear
white coats).
Day
Date
1
Tuesday,
1/20/15
Community Pharmacy Rotation
2
Tuesday,
2/3/15
Community Pharmacy Rotation
3
Tuesday,
2/17/15
Community Pharmacy Rotation
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Community Pharmacy Rotation
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4
5
Tuesday,
3/3/15
Tuesday,
3/17/15
Schedule
Assignments
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6
Tuesday,
3/31/15
Community Pharmacy Rotation
7
Tuesday,
4/14/15
Community Pharmacy Rotation
 Daily Reflection
Learning Bridge Assignment #1
 Daily Reflection
Learning Bridge Assignment #2
 Daily Reflection
Learning Bridge Assignment #3
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Community Pharmacy Rotation
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Daily Reflection
Daily Reflection
 Daily Reflection
Learning Bridge Assignment #4
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Daily Reflection
Due
1/22/15
@ 17:00
2/5/15
@ 17:00
2/19/15
@ 17:00
3/5/15
@ 17:00
3/19/15
@ 17:00
4/2/15
@ 17:00
4/16/15
@ 17:00
EL Period and Exam Dates:
Spring Courses: 5/7/2015 – 5/15/2015 (exam date will be either 5/14 or 5/15 as assigned and communicated
in email from the DCO, Cat Marlow)
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