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Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

 

IPPE Activities
In the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, students learn under the supervision of a pharmacist in the first 3 years of the curriculum. The three tiered structure (IPPE-P1, IPPE-P2, and IPPE-P3) allows the student to apply didactic information in dynamic real patient care situations. As the student progresses through the program, the IPPE is designed to offer more challenges to the student based on objectives and competencies as the student becomes more involved in pharmaceutical care and in the operation of the pharmacy.

The IPPE program is divided into two parts: a Longitudinal component and Rotational components.

Longitudinal IPPE Component

The Longitudinal IPPE curriculum occurs during the academic year alongside didactic content and provides an introduction to pharmacist-provided services.  Students are enrolled in the course series during the P1, P2, and P3 years, and complete a standardized set of activities.  There are three components in each course: Simulation, Patient Care, and Service.  The Simulation experience readies students to participate in daily activities at the practice sites they will visit during subsequent rotations.  The Patient Care experience partners students with volunteer patients at a local senior living facility for visits each semester.  Finally, the Service requirement allows students to self-select opportunities for personal and professional development and facilitates the provision of health-related services to the community.  Throughout, each student gains a greater appreciation for the profession of pharmacy and develops the attitudes, judgment, and technical skills needed to function as a direct patient care provider.

Rotational Components

During off-site rotations, preceptors will demonstrate to students how to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to daily practice through hands-on experience in a number of settings. Students are matched with their pharmacy sites in early February preceding the summer IPPE experience.  Structured activities are designed for each experience that direct student learning. Students also have the opportunity to spend time dialoging with the pharmacist and more senior students, when present.  These experiences include:

  • Introductory Community Pharmacy Practice Experience:
      • Begins in the summer following the first year of the curriculum
      • Placement in a community pharmacy setting
      • Two week (and at least 80 hours) experience
  • Introductory Institutional Pharmacy Practice Experience:
      • Begins in the summer following the second year of the curriculum 
      • Placement in an hospital pharmacy setting
      • Two week (and at least 80 hours) experience
  • Introductory Clinical Pharmacy Practice Experience:
      • Begins in the summer following the second year of the curriculum 
      • Placement in a clinical pharmacy setting; either in an inpatient (hospital) or outpatient (physician’s office) setting
      • One week (and at least 40 hours) experience
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