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IPBP Curriculum

THE INTERNATIONAL POST-BACCALAUREATE PHARM D (IPBP) PROGRAM

 The International Post-Baccalaureate PharmD (IPBP) Program students are admitted with advanced standing into the second year of our traditional PharmD curriculum, thereby by-passing the first year. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree awarded to the student pharmacists in the international program is the same as those awarded to student pharmacists in the traditional PharmD program. 

 

The Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum

To obtain the PharmD degree the student pharmacist will complete a curriculum made up of four components: (1) the didactic curriculum, (2) experiential education curriculum, (3) the interprofessional curriculum, and (4) the professionalism curriculum.

 

The Didactic Curriculum Component

The student pharmacist in the IPBP track starts his/her didactic training in July approximately one month prior to the start of regular classes in the fall. The summer block is designed to orient the IPBP students to the campus environment and to provide broad overview of the pharmacy practice and administration topics covered during the first year of the curriculum.  Topic areas covered include pharmacokinetics, over-the counter medications, communication skills, patient counseling, pharmacy practice laws and regulations, health care systems, physical assessment, evaluation of the medical literature and inter-professional education. Subsequently, student pharmacists enter the second year of the traditional PharmD curriculum, at which point the curriculum remains same for both IPBP and traditional student pharmacists.  During the second year and first-half of the third year curriculum, IPBP student pharmacists will focus on pharmacotherapy courses to provide patient specific management of diseases. The third year curriculum includes courses in pharmacy administration and pharmacoeconomics, which prepare student pharmacists to practice in a variety of settings and to learn how to select the most cost effective drug therapy. Sprinkled throughout the second and thirdyear curriculum are integration blocks in which information from previous courses are integrated in a comprehensive case study format in order to ensure reinforcement of knowledge and skills.

 

The Experiential Education Curriculum Component

The IPPE course for IPBP program students are scheduled during the summer after completion of the second year didactic curriculum and exposes student pharmacists to institutional pharmacy practice.

During the third and fourth years, under the supervision of a clinical pharmacist faculty member, student pharmacists will assess and counsel patients and monitor their drug therapies. Student pharmacists will spend a total of 36 weeks in these training sessions, called advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE). Such pharmacy practice experiences will take place in hospitals as well as in clinics, community pharmacies and other settings where pharmacists practice.

After the APPE is completed, student pharmacists undergo a 16-week Advanced Elective (AE).  This is a 4-month rotation/research experience that allows student pharmacists to develop more skills and insight in a specific practice area.  The 16-week AE program is designed to provide a capstone experience in the student pharmacist’s chosen area of interest (e.g., infectious disease, internal medicine, cardiology, renal, oncology, ICU, ambulatory care, community practice, compounding, etc.).

 

The Interprofessional Curriculum Component

IPBP student pharmacists entering the second year of the PharmD curriculum are required to participate in a series of Interprofessional Education (IPE) seminar courses.  These courses prepare health professions students to practice health care services through a team approach.  The IPE courses instill non-technical competencies including communication, collaborative practice, and scope of practice.  Working in small interprofessional teams, student pharmacists apply these competencies as they jointly explore cases or activities presenting common clinical scenarios or conditions with other health professions students.  These cases and activities integrate elements common to all professions, including ethical, behavior, social and psychological issues.

 

The Professionalism Curriculum Component

The College of Pharmacy values professionalism and expects all graduates to acquire and maintain the highest level of professional attitudes and behaviors.  To promulgate this belief, student must participate in at least five professional activities during an academic year.  These activities may be selected from five categories: (1) professional education, (2) professional service, (3) legislative advocacy, (4) interprofessional service and leadership, and (5) healthcare related community service and philanthropy.

 

For additional information please review the PharmD prospective students page.