Professional Year 4 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

What is an APPE?

APPE is an acronym for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience. The APPE program is for 6th year Pharm D candidates and consists of eight 5 week rotations. Within these eight rotations, there are five core required rotations that are to be completed within the current Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) network. Three additional non-core rotations may be done within or outside of the current PCP network.

The APPE rotations are offered throughout the year in 5-week long rotations (200 contact hours). Students will be assigned to 8 of the 9 available rotation periods identified on the Master Assignment Schedule. A copy of the Master Assignment Schedule is provided to 5th year students during their fall semester. The availability of specific facilities may vary from semester to semester.

The Advanced Pharmacy Experience rotations are considered laboratory courses that require a minimum of 200 attendance hours for each. Forty attendance hours per week for 5 weeks are expected to ensure the successful completion of each rotation. Some preceptors may require a weekend or evening commitment. Preceptors will verify student attendance.

Rotation objectives, task lists, and the evaluation parameters, provide a structure for learning in core rotation areas. For non-core elective rotations the preceptor will define student tasks and responsibilities unique to the setting. Students participate in the schedule assignment process by identifying their unique experience interests. Students receive 40 academic credits and up to 1600 hours of State Board approved internship credit for successful completion of the course series. Students shall not receive compensation in any form, from any preceptor or facility, for their participation in these courses.

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Rotation Opportunities

Adult General Medicine

Taking place on adult internal medicine services located in acute care hospitals, this experience emphasizes primary patient care using a case-management approach. Click HERE for more information on this rotation oppurtunity.

Acute Patient Care

Taking place on a variety of inpatient services located in acute care hospitals, this experience emphasizes primary patient care using a case management approach with activities that resemble the General Medicine rotation. Click HERE for more information on this rotation oppurtunity.

Ambulatory Care

Offered in a variety of ambulatory care settings, to include clinics and physician office practices, this experience emphasizes primary care using a case management approach with an out-patient population. Click HERE for more information on this rotation oppurtunity.

Community Practice

Taking place in community pharmacy services, this experience emphasizes a wide range of exposures, to include: prescription dispensing and OTC selection; patient communication and education; communication with prescribers and other health care providers; and pertinent management activities. Click HERE for more information on this rotation oppurtunity.

Hospital Pharmacy Practice

Taking place in hospital-based pharmacy services, this experience emphasizes administrative and pharmacy service functions. Click HERE for more information on this rotation oppurtunity.

 

 

Patient Care Elective

These non-core experiences provide for individualization, to respond to unique student interests. Based on student preference and rotation availability, students will complete a rotation providing patient care services. Click HERE for more information on this rotation oppurtunity.

Unrestricted Elective

These non-core experiences are less restricted, to provide for an even greater degree of individualization. In addition to repeating any core-type rotation or another PCE option, students can be assigned to a variety of non-patient care environments. Click HERE for more information on this rotation oppurtunity.

Annual Senior Pharmacy Interview Day

Each January, all 6th year Doctor of Pharmacy candidates are encouraged to sign-up for the Annual Senior Pharmacy Interview Day. Students are given the opportunity to interview with representatives from many various areas of pharmacy practice including community, hospital, drug information, drug safety, biomedical writing, pharmacy research, nuclear pharmacy and more.

The event is coordinated by USP Career Services. The interviews are thirty minutes long and are held in Wilson Cafeteria with pipe and drape to insure privacy.

Not sure where to interview?

Check out APhA's Career Center to get some ideas on where pharmacy can take you. Click here to access Pharmacist.com.

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