Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

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Year One students:

  • First-year pharmacy students regularly work with a Engage with pharmacists in the community and institutional settings. They observe pharmacists’ managerial and clinical roles and responsibilities through guided experiences.
  • Care for their community through partnership with local older adults for a longitudinal intergenerational learning experience. Students promote the public health role of the pharmacist through health education and screening during community outreach activities, often co-sponsored by student organizations and community partners to improve the health of Wisconsin residents.
  • Work as a team with their older adult partner to enhance their communication and collaboration skills while promoting successful aging.

Year Two students:

  • Engage with pharmacists at three unique practice sites. In addition to community and institutional sites, students choose an elective site in a specialty practice area.
  • Advocate for their community through identification of patients with low health literacy and apply skills learned to assist patients successfully navigate the healthcare system. Each student also contributes to his/her professional development through completion of community outreach activities directed at helping meet the unmet health needs of the community.
  • Engage with the health of populations through examination of a mental health database to identify the needs of a community and positively influence their health.

Year Three students:

  • Actively provide care for patients under the supervision of pharmacist preceptors. All students provide care in community pharmacies as well as institutional settings, where they  function as part of a health care team. They will also select elective rotations where they may explore unique practice settings or develop more depth in community or institutional settings.
  • Apply critical thinking skills in answering an authentic complex medication- or practice-related question assigned by their preceptors. They use skills taught in the drug information class to acquire and assess information from an evidence-based literature search and apply it in proposing a defendable answer to the question.
  • Critically review complex medication regimens to identify potential medication-related problems.