Education Beyond the Classroom Experiential ProgramService Learning In addition to classroom instruction, the Pharm.D. curriculum at the Regis University School of Pharmacy has an experiential component that provides students with a variety of clinical education sites where they receive hands-on experience under the guidance of professional preceptors in hospital, community, and other clinic settings. These settings often afford the opportunity to interact with diverse and multicultural patients, promoting an appreciation for different cultures and perspectives. Students get the opportunity to begin their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) in the second semester of their very first year. Regis University School of Pharmacy has established a large network of preceptors from the clinical community in the Denver metro area and beyond. Our students have been welcomed and recognized by the pharmacy community as professional, skillful and principled candidates that highlight the culture and mission of Regis. In addition to practical experiences, service learning activities are an integral component of our experiential program, allowing students community outreach both locally and abroad. Courses Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) Introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) include various real practice experiences in community, institutional, research, or other healthcare settings. IPPEs begin in the Spring Semester of the first professional year and continue until the end of the third professional year. Students are afforded different learning opportunities each semester (for a total of five IPPEs). During each semester, students are given a full day off from campus and classroom activities to be at their designated experiential site. This allows the students at Regis' School of Pharmacy to learn about the practice setting and complete specific assignments that emphasize the concepts learned in concurrent curriculum course work. Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) Advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) are primarily direct patient care experiences that build on the introductory experiences. Following three years of classroom courses, Regis student pharmacists complete seven, six-week APPEs in their fourth and final year. Students are required to complete a community, hospital institutional, inpatient clinical acute care, and ambulatory care learning experience. The other three learning experiences are elective opportunities for the students. Each experiential opportunity includes specific learning objectives for the student to master during their experience. Regis University School of Pharmacy Preceptors Regis University and the School of Pharmacy greatly value the time and dedication of the preceptors and their critical role in the education of the Doctor of Pharmacy students. Preceptors, at a minimum, hold an appointment as an adjunct faculty member, which is a recognized position of a volunteer clinical practitioner. School of Pharmacy preceptors will also be offered opportunities throughout the year for ongoing training and development. The School of Pharmacy will offer a minimum of four live sessions per year. Additionally, all preceptors will be given access to the Pharmacist’s Letter Preceptor Training & Resource Network where they will be able to access a variety of preceptor resources. Current preceptors can access Pharmacist’s letter via the following link Pharmacist Letter. If you are interested in becoming a Regis University School of Pharmacy preceptor, please contact the Office of Experiential Education at 303.625.1326. Experiential Department Contacts Christine Feltman, Pharm.D. Director of Experiential Education Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Phone: 303-964-5415 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cassandra Stroup, Pharm.D., BCPS Assistant Director of Experiential Education Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Phone: 303-964-6851 Email: email@example.com Danielle Najjar The Office of Experiential Education Regis University School of Pharmacy Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions Office: 303.625.1326 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Regis University School of Pharmacy and RHCHP Service Learning provides a progressive model for service learning in Pharmacy education that promotes professional development in the areas of communication, health promotion, leadership, project management, and cultural intelligence, while supporting organizational and community development. Students embark on a journey of transformation. They are transformed and positioned to meet the diverse needs of their patients and clients. Service learning is integrated into our curriculum and tied to the course that fits the service that the student engages in (see list below). This level of integration is not common in Pharmacy Schools and demonstrates Regis’ commitment to creating a School of Pharmacy dedicated to a values driven education. In these courses, each service experience will be guided by a theme that is specific to the course objectives. Students are required to do approximately 10-15 hours of service in each course. Examples of Service Learning Goals include but are not limited to: Expose students to a cross section of diverse populations Provide students with an opportunity to become more culturally intelligent through relationship formation and communication with diverse groups Students will give critical thought to the role of pharmacists as patient advocates and consider strategies to advocate for the populations they work with Increase global awareness and advocacy skills Students will make the correlation between health care access challenges and socioeconomic or environmental factors Students will gain awareness of the importance of health literacy Pharmacy Service Learning Courses: PHRM 741 – Therapeutic Principles of Self Care (fall first year) Students provide self-care/health promotion workshops for youth ages 6-12 in Denver area after school programs. PHRM 730 – Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System (spring first year) Students provide medical screenings and non-medical station support at the 9Health Fair. PHRM 753 – Professional Issues/Case and Practice Management III (spring second year) Students provide service and events in Denver area assisted living facilities. PHRM 754 & 755 – Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience IV & V (fall & spring third year) Students choose a community organization to partner with for a two-semester project-based learning experience focusing on client care, organizational development, leadership and project management. Students choose a community organization to partner with for a two-semester project-based learning experience focusing on client care, organizational development, leadership, and project management.