PharmD Students Reflect on Experiences at Cooper-Rowan Clinic

Published on December 14, 2017

PharmD Students who worked at the Cooper-Rowan ClinicUSciences doctor of pharmacy students enrolled in the Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience course at the Cooper-Rowan Clinic reflected on their work during a debrief session this month.

The students, who are in the professional phase of their academic career, gain hands-on experience on an interprofessional team made up of USciences PharmD students, medical students enrolled in the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), and social workers.

The Cooper-Rowan Clinic is located in Camden, New Jersey, and the pharmacy students operate a dispensary providing needed medications to uninsured patients.  Pharmacy students are fully engaged in providing patient-centered care to patients with hypertension, diabetes, migraines, and many other conditions.

The debrief activities were designed to recharge students and reinforce skills needed for participating on an interprofessional health care team. Students create and practice a 30-second elevator speech to succinctly explain their role on the team.  The elevator speech is a method to build student confidence and skills for communicating with clarity when explaining roles to health professions students from different disciplines.

Many of the patients who receive care at the clinic have limited English proficiency and represent a variety of cultural backgrounds.  The students often partner with medical interpreter specialists for support when interviewing patients to gather medication histories.  

A special game designed to foster cross-cultural communication was incorporated in the sessions. The students were divided up into teams of four in order to play the “5 Tricks”  card game designed to increase awareness of challenges when you are unfamiliar with cultural norms.  Students were introduced to the TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie “The Danger of a Single Story” in order  to gain a greater insight in viewing the world from their own cultural lense.

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration faculty members leading the sessions are Nicholas Owens, PharmD, Yardlee Kauffman, PharmD, Ben Pullinger, PharmD, Brooklyn Cobb, PharmD, and Grace Earl, PharmD. 

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