This is the fourth year of the PharmD program and it is dedicated entirely to advance pharmacy practice experience (clerkships). In addition, the successful completion of a research project is a requirement for graduation.

Rotation Descriptions

 

CORE ROTATIONS

1. INTERNAL MEDICINE (IM)

2. DRUG INFORMATION CENTER (DIC)

3. CRITICAL CARE (ICU)

4. CARDIOLOGY. This rotation is design for student to develop the knowledge base and clinical skills in order to provide pharmaceutical care services to patient with cardiovascular disease. The student will have the opportunity to work in both cardiac floor and cardiac ICU and, with close supervision, to manage variety of acute and chronic, medical and surgical, cardiac conditions. Diagnostic and treatment procedures related to cardiology will also be addressed in this rotation.

5. ADVANCED INSTITUTIONAL PHARMACY PRACTICE. Under the supervision of the preceptor, the student will provide direct patient-centered care in the institutional settings. The student will experience the operation and management of institutional pharmacy systems and the functions and responsibilities of a pharmacist in the different inpatient area including long-term, cardiology, intensive care, pediatric oncology etc. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the medication use process and drug distribution and delivery in the institutional setting in order to fulfill the following objectives.

6. ADVANCED OUTPATIENT PHARMACY PRACTICE. Under the supervision of the preceptor, the student will provide direct patient-centered care in a community/outpatient pharmacy setting. Students will experience the operation and management of outpatient pharmacy systems and the functions and responsibilities of a pharmacist in outpatient settings. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the medication use process and health care delivery in the outpatient setting.

 

ELECTIVE ROTATIONS

1. NEPHROLOGY. In the nephrology rotation the student will spend the majority of the time in the nephrology floor providing care to patients with acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and metabolic and electrolyte disorders. The student will have the opportunity to participate in the evaluation and management of various diseases of kidney in addition to patients status post renal transplant. Depth of exposure will be in providing pharmaceutical care services to a patient with renal insufficiency (acute or chronic) including drug selection, pharmacokinetic consultation and drug adjustment. Prevention of renal disease or further renal damage will also be addressed in this rotation.

2. TRANSPLANT. This rotation is designed to expand the student’s knowledge base of solid organ transplant with emphasize on end stage liver disease and liver transplant. Under the supervision of a clinical pharmacist, the students will provide pharmaceutical care services to patient with liver disease and patient who underwent liver transplant with deep focus on immunosuppressants and on management of immunocompromised patients. Viral hepatitis and transplant-related complication are also addressed in this rotation.

3. ONCOLOGY/HEMATOLOGY. In this rotation the student will practice as a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team caring for cancer patients. This rotation will give the student a focused look at chemotherapy/oncology patients and their special needs, treatment involving chemotherapy, managing side-effect of therapy and palliative care needs. The students will gain skills and knowledge through variety of patient care activities, discussion and selected exercise.

4. PEDIATRICS. The primary emphasis of this rotation is to develop problem-solving skills in pediatric pharmacotherapy. This can be achieved through establishment of a strong knowledge base in pediatric pharmacology and pharmacokinetics in order to enhance the success of therapeutic plan. The rotation will include variety of activities related to pediatric population such as evaluating literature, interviewing patients or caregiver if needed, interpreting clinical and laboratory data, assessing drug therapy, making recommendations for and monitoring drug therapy, in addition to utilizing the evidence-based to assess for decision making.

5. SURGERY. The student in this rotation will become familiar with the key principles utilized in hospitals to provide pharmaceutical care services for peri-operative patients. The student will gain a general understanding of the medications involved with a surgery services with emphasis on perioperative antibiotic therapy, nutritional support, and pain management. Other services that are normally provided by clinical pharmacist will also be addressed in the rotation.

6. EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE. Evidence Based Practice rotation is aimed at providing comprehensive evidence based update in the management of common disease states.

7. PHARMACY ADMINISTRATION. This rotation is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to experience and learn from the many challenges facing pharmacy administration. During this rotation, the student will work with one or more members of the pharmacy administration team. The student will be actively involved in the day-to-day pharmacy administration activities and will become familiar with the decision-making processes that maximize the patient safety outcomes and the financial performance.

8. NEONATAL. The purpose of this rotation is to develop problem-solving skills in neonatal pharmacotherapy. The students will engage in active learning about neonatal intensive care topics and directly participate in providing a complete pharmaceutical care services and in resolution of medication-related problems in critically ill neonates. The rotation will include variety of activities related to neonatal ICU such as evaluating pertinent literature, interpreting clinical and laboratory data, assessing drug therapy, making recommendations for and monitoring drug therapy, in addition to utilizing the evidence-based to assess for decision-making.

Professional Year 4

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

The APPE portion of the curriculum comprises more than 25% of the curricular length.  All students are required to take a minimum of 10 APPEs.  Each rotation is a minimum of 4 weeks in duration.  Six of the 10 APPE rotations must involve direct patient care and may occur in various clinical areas (e.g., medicine, cardiology, infectious disease). One of the six must occur in an ambulatory care setting.  Two of the remaining APPE rotations must occur in community and institutional pharmacy practice settings. The final two APPE rotations may be taken in any rotation area.

 

 

EFFECTIVE UNTIL 2019-2020

 

EFFECTIVE STARTING 2020-2021

 

 

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