Professional Year 1 - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

Program Description

IPPE is an acronym for Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience. IPPEs provide students with 300 hours of practice based experiences within the first 3 professional years of the curriculum before beginning the APPE (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience) rotations. The majority of the IPPE must take place in a pharmacy practice setting.

Our accreditation organization (ACPE) has recently released new standards for experiential programs. Beginning with the spring 2008 semester, all first-year professional pharmacy PCPs students must complete 40 hours in a community pharmacy experiential rotation under the supervision of a pharmacist preceptor. This program consists of both practice site specific activities and eight hours of supporting activities at the College. It is designed to allow student and preceptor interaction at mutually convenient times rather than during a specified number of hours per day or week. It is also an opportunity for students to gain an appreciation for the career opportunities available in community pharmacy.

Process for scheduling IPPE sites:

  • Students identify a preceptor from an approved list of pharmacists or suggest their own choice for departmental and course coordinator approval.
  • Students will schedule their time with their preceptor at a mutually convenient time. We expect the student to schedule the majority of their time while their pharmacist preceptor is present to supervise and assess their performance.

Activities students should complete under preceptor supervision:

  • Document participation in the processing and filling of 50 (or more) prescriptions including some OTC recommendations made to a patient by the preceptor.
  • Flow chart the prescription process from purchasing to patient counseling.
  • Identify potential errors and how they can be prevented.
  • Observe a pharmacist counseling patients and write a reflective paper on the observed process. The reflective paper should include why, how and perceived results of the patient counseling.
  • Perform basic pharmaceutical calculations.
  • Discuss and then write responses to a variety of pharmacy management, ethical and patient care issues specific to community pharmacy.

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