A strategy to develop advanced pharmacy practice experiences

Christopher Turner, Sam Ellis, Joel Giles, Carrie Maffeo, Laura Hansen, Joseph J. Saseen, Heather Ulrich, Connie Valdez, Ralph Altiere, Jacquelyn Bainbridge, Robert Page, Charles Sintek, S Vondracek, E Zadvorny, D Fish

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    Objective To establish statewide medication, disease management, and other clinical programs to serve as advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) training sites for the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, and to guarantee year-round support for the programs by providing pharmacy students with the necessary competencies to carry a significant proportion of each program's workload.Methods Partnerships with pharmacies willing to use students to expand their scope of clinical practice or support existing programs were established. Partners were asked to choose the clinical program(s) they wished implemented or supported and were guaranteed that APPE students would contribute to carrying each program's clinical service workload for 48 week/year under the supervision of the partners' pharmacists. In addition, partners implementing new programs were offered other support, including equipment, supplies, and training and mentoring for their pharmacists.Evaluation Twenty-two partnerships involving anticoagulation, diabetes, immunization, medication reconciliation, and other clinical programs were established with hospital, community, and community health center pharmacies. The partnerships provided 213 APPE placements in the 2006-2007 academic year.Conclusion This work demonstrates that by using innovative approaches, a pharmacy school can form new partnerships with hospital, community health center, and community pharmacies, as well as work with existing clinical programs, to create a variety of medication, disease management, and other APPEs to meet its increasing placement needs and evolving accreditation standards.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)46-48
    Number of pages3
    JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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