Pharmacy 500X (Structured Practice Experience IV) is an advanced practice experience which takes place during the final semester of the program. It consists of two six-week rotations in a clinical practice setting.
The principal focus of the clinical pharmacy rotations is for students to practice pharmaceutical care in a direct patient care role. Practice sites may be institution, clinic, or community based. During SPE IV, students are expected to interact with the health care team, interview and assess patients, critically review the pharmacotherapy of patients, make specific therapeutic recommendations, monitor patient responses to drug therapy, provide patient education, as well as meet the drug information needs of the health care team.
Activities will vary depending on the site to which the student is assigned and may include: assignment to a medical team; participation in patient care rounds, educational rounds and seminars; obtainment of patient medication histories; allergy assessments; development of patient/group education programs or in-service presentations; organization of “brown bag” reviews; facilitation of the patient’s transition from hospital into the community, etc.
Other clinical activities may be assigned as appropriate for the site.