Pharmacy 302W (Structured Practice Experience II) takes place after the second year of the pharmacy program. It consists of a 4-week placement in a hospital pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist preceptor.
It is intended to introduce the student to the role and function of hospital pharmacists in the healthcare system; have the student participate in drug distribution activities; and introduce the student to patient care activities in a hospital setting.
At the end of the SPE, it is expected that the student will be able to:
- Meet patient’s drug-related needs by: demonstrating a caring, empathetic, and professional attitude; assessing medical and medication histories; reviewing new medication orders; identifying and prioritizing drug-related problems; synthesizing patient and disease information to determine desired therapeutic goals for individual patients; comparing therapeutic alternatives; creating and rationalizing optimal therapeutic recommendations for individual patients; formulating monitoring plans; and preparing patient counseling information.
- Assume legal, ethical and professional responsibilities. This would include being able to: discuss the Canada Health Act with respect to medication provision in hospitals; practice in accordance with federal and provincial legislation, regulations, and standards; describe responsibilities of pharmacy technicians and how legislative, liability, or resource issues influence these responsibilities; describe detection, reporting, and prevention of adverse drug reactions; list strategies to prevent medication incidents and discrepancies.
- Provide drug and drug use information and recommendations.
- Perform drug distribution functions such as repackaging medications and manufacturing (bulk compounding, sterile product preparation); describe the purpose and maintenance of the hospital formulary; describe record keeping and discrepancy resolution for narcotics; describe steps in the medication distribution process; interpret medication orders; compare and contrast various types of medication distribution; describe steps in maintaining, ordering, and receiving inventory.
- Demonstrate an understanding of practice management principles by being able to list hospital committees that have pharmacy representation; describe the number and type of staff within the pharmacy department; discuss technology and other factors that influence staffing; describe accreditation and continuous quality improvement; describe resource allocation and policy development within the department of pharmacy.