Pharmacy 201W (Structured Practice Experience I) is an introductory practice experience after the first year of the undergraduate pharmacy program. The experience consists of a 4-week placement in a community pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist preceptor. For many students, it represents their first experience in a pharmacy environment.
At the end of the SPE, it is expected that the student will:
- be able to demonstrate the development of verbal, written and listening skills as s/he participates in the provision of pharmacy services to the public under the supervision of a practicing pharmacist.
- be able to systematically and accurately fill prescription orders.
- be able to apply basic compounding skills/knowledge to practice situations.
- be able to recognize trade and nonproprietary names of selected drugs; and have researched and studied their common indications.
- be able to apply the laws governing the practice of pharmacy in everyday practice, including the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Food and Drugs Act and the Provincial Pharmacy Laws.
- have obtained a basic understanding of the business aspects of a pharmacy including ordering, pricing, third party billing, etc., and pharmacy and dispensary design and organization.
- have had the opportunity to observe pharmacist(s) interaction with patients in the provision of pharmaceutical care and to have begun practicing these skills and techniques themselves.
- have demonstrated organizational and time-management skills.
- have been exposed to other pharmacy topics as the practice setting permits.
- be able to demonstrate self-learning abilities and habits.
This SPE is intended to provide the student with the opportunity to learn how to handle these and other areas efficiently, skillfully and knowledgeably with close attention to the highest principles of conduct.