THE INTRODUCTORY PHARMACY PRACTICE EXPERIENCE (IPPE)
IPPEs expose student pharmacists to common contemporary U.S. practice models, including
interprofessional practice involving shared patient care decision-making, professional
ethics and expected behaviors, and direct patient care activities. IPPEs are structured
and sequenced to intentionally develop in student pharmacists a clear understanding
of what constitutes exemplary pharmacy practice in the U.S. before beginning the Advanced
Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE).
The purpose of the community and institutional IPPE is to introduce the student pharmacist
to the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in the community pharmacy setting. The format
of the IPPE is a combination of observation, application of current knowledge, and
feedback and assessment between the student pharmacist, the preceptor, and others
who are encountered at the rotation site. Student pharmacists will build upon knowledge
and skills developed in the first and second years of the didactic curriculum. Student
pharmacists will continue to grow professionally, formulate a personal philosophy
and approach to professional practice, expand drug and disease state knowledge, develop
critical thinking and life-long learning skills.
Community and institutional IPPEs are completed during the summer after the Professional
1 (P1) and Professional 2 (P2) years, respectively. Each experience has outlined objectives
that must be achieved during the 4-week experience.
The duration of the IPPEs will total no less than 300 clock hours of experience and
is purposely integrated into the didactic curriculum. A minimum of 150 hours of IPPE
are balanced between community and institutional health-system settings.
Simulated practice experiences (a maximum of 60 clock hours of the total 300 hours)
may be used to mimic actual or realistic pharmacist-delivered patient care situations.
However, simulation hours do not substitute for the 150 clock hours of required IPPE
time in the community and the 75 clock hours needed for the institutional health-system
settings. Didactic instruction associated with the implementation of simulated practice
experiences is not counted toward any portion of the 300-clock hour IPPE requirement.
A complete handbook of instructions, guidelines, and a detailed curriculum that will
guarantee success during the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Program.