Are you ready to rotate? A one-week intensive Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) orientation course

Authors

  • T. Lynn Stevenson Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama, United States
  • Kaitlin M. Alexander University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Gainesville, Florida, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4709-4019
  • Miranda Andrus Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5513-6149
  • April G. Staton Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama, United States
  • Adelia Grabowsky Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, Alabama, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8991-2361
  • Lea S. Eiland Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama, United States

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.474483

Keywords:

Advanced pharmacy practice experience, APPE readiness, Entrustable professional activity, Professional development

Abstract

Objective: To describe an innovative, one-week, required course designed to prepare students for advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) and provide professional development resources.

Methods: Course activities focused on orienting students to APPE expectations and mimicked APPE activities. Students completed a pre- and post-self-assessment of comfort level with APPE activities and expectations. A voluntary survey was provided nine months into APPEs to determine the impact of course content.

Results: Self-assessment scores statistically improved on all domains assessed. Evaluating a formal patient presentation, preparing an in-service assignment, and conducting a literature search had the greatest improvement in comfort level. In the follow-up survey, the introductory email to preceptor, literature search, and drug information resources and triaging patient care questions were most effective in improving their APPE preparedness.

Conclusion: A comprehensive APPE orientation and professional development course improved student confidence for APPEs. A follow-up survey completed during APPEs suggests continuing value of course activities.

Author Biographies

T. Lynn Stevenson, Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama, United States

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Kaitlin M. Alexander, University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Gainesville, Florida, United States

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Miranda Andrus, Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama, United States

Clinical Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

April G. Staton, Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama, United States

Director of Experiential Operations & Co-Curriculum, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Adelia Grabowsky, Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, Alabama, United States

Associate Professor, Research and Instruction

Lea S. Eiland, Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama, United States

Clinical Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

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2022-05-28

How to Cite

Stevenson, T. L., Alexander, K. M., Andrus, M., Staton, A. G., Grabowsky, A., & Eiland, L. S. (2022). Are you ready to rotate? A one-week intensive Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) orientation course . Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 474–483. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.474483

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