Course Description - Professional Year 2, Second Semester

 

THE PROFESSIONAL YEAR 2 (SECOND SEMESTER)

The second semester of the year 2 consist of 17 hours of academic credit and consists of eight required courses. 

  • Therapeutics III, PHCS-413. This course consists of lectures designed to develop the student’s ability to apply principles and concepts of clinical therapeutics to the care of patients with specific illnesses. This course is almost exclusively infectious diseases and their treatment. The pedagogy for this course is primarily didactic lecture, but most lecturers use some active learning techniques. Credit 3 (3-0)
  • Therapeutics IV, PHCS-414. This course consists of lectures designed to develop the student’s ability to apply principles and concepts of clinical therapeutics to the care of patients with specific illnesses. This course focuses on transplantation, HIV and nutritional support.  The pedagogy for this course is primarily didactic lecture, but most lecturers use some active learning techniques. Credit 3 (3-0)
  • Applied Pharmacokinetics, PHCS-415. This course consists of lectures and recitations on the practical application of pharmacokinetic theory as it relates to the individualization of patient drug therapy, through the proper interpretation of drug serum concentrations. This course uses a blended pedagogy of didactic lecture and problem-based recitation sessions. Credit 2 (1-2)
  • Pharmacogenomics, PHCS-407. This course is designed to educate students on the importance and application of patient-specific genetic information to individualization of pharmacotherapy.  The course begins with a review of essential principles of genetics with an emphasis on genetic variation. The course goes on to develop the concept that individual variability in pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic response is related in many instances to genetic variation.  The impact of genetic variation is key to drug metabolizing enzymes, drug transporters, and receptor drug targets and is explored in general as well as in a disease-specific context. Finally, students learn about the ethical and legal implications stemming from the availability of genetic information. This course uses pedagogy of didactic lecture. Credit 2 (2-0)
  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM), PHCS-408. The course explores the area of MTM services and medication use by patients and health professionals from a social systems perspective with emphasis on information and behavior. This course is not designed to make students experts in MTM, nor totally prepare them to start their own MTM practice after graduation. It is designed, however, to give students a good foundation on the practice and theory of MTM, a better understanding of various MTM practice settings, and provide students with practical MTM activities (during Recitation) to make them more comfortable with the MTM process.  This course uses a blended pedagogy of didactic lecture and problem-based recitation sessions. Credit 3 (2-2)
  • Applied Therapeutics I, PHCS-409. This is the first course in a two part small group series.  The course introduces student pharmacists to clinical setting and application of pharmacotherapy. Students learn to interview patients, review a medical record, present a patient case and defend a care plan. Students also construct SOAP notes on each patient.  This course uses an active learning pedagogy that consists of problem-based and critical thinking sessions. The materials associated with this course are included in the cost of the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Program Credit 2 (0-2).
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Practice (IPPE), PHCS-412:  This is the second course in the IPPE series. Please see description under IPPE-I, PHCS-301. Credit 1 (0-2)
  • Research Proposal, PHCS-400. Prerequisite: Second year standing. This course includes the proposal writing of the Pharm. D. research project. A grade will be submitted upon the successful submission and final approval of the proposal by the Pharm. D. Research Committee.Credit1 (1-0)

 

 

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