Health-System Implementation of a Collaborative Core Curriculum for Advanced Pharmacy Experiential Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (02/21/21) Montepara, Courtney A.; Schoen, Rebecca R.; Guarascio, Anthony J.; et al.

A collaborative advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) education model was established within the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic by a pharmacist coordinator and pharmacist academic partners. Healthcare network pharmacists, clinical pharmacist academic partners, and pharmacy residents delivered the curriculum to 35 pharmacy students over nine weeks. The curriculum featured patient case discussions, topic discussions, journal club presentations, live continuing education (CE) webinars, and development of pharmacy technician CE programs. Most participants (82%) described their experiences of working with a variety of preceptors from different specialties as positive, while more than 60% cited collaboration with students from other universities. The authors concluded that a health system can apply institutional, network-wide, and academic partner resources to effectively deploy a collaborative APPE curriculum in times of crisis like the current pandemic.

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