Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Through direct interaction with patients and collaboration with other health care professionals, practice experiences bring students’ knowledge to life.

student pharmacistsThroughout the professional curriculum, during introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences, student pharmacists have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with patients and interact with other health professionals to enhance their ability to collaborate on an interprofessional health care team.

In addition, two elective course offerings allow students to collaborate across disciplines and enhance their knowledge by educating others.

  • Through a partnership with Washington University and Goldfarb School of Nursing, students work together to educate indigent patients
  • Through a partnership with Saint Louis University (SLU), students come together to develop and implement a program or service for a community organization

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Interprofessional education is a significant component of the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience courses (IPPEs) in the 3rd professional year. Student pharmacists participate in a course called Interprofessional Team Seminar with SLU students from medicine, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant programs. These students join together for six 90-minute sessions throughout the year led by interprofessional faculty from these programs.

Students in the course are exposed to case-based discussions and standardized patients to develop team communication strategies and skills that will improve patient care by enhancing the function of the team.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Throughout the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in the last year of the professional curriculum, student pharmacists collaborate with other health professionals as part of interprofessional health care teams.

All student pharmacists complete eight five-week rotations to gain firsthand experience in the following settings:

  • Ambulatory care
  • Acute care-general medicine
  • Community care
  • Health system pharmacy

In each of these settings and in many of their electives/specialty rotations, student pharmacists work closely with others to provide health care services as part of an interprofessional team.

Interprofessional Student Organization

Students may also participate in the interprofessional student organization, Health Professions Student Leadership Council, which, in collaboration with Washington University and Goldfarb School of Nursing, plans and executes multiple interprofessional events and raises awareness of the importance and functionality of the health care team.