Experiential Education component of Pharm. D. program at COCP consists
· IPPE-1 (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience) Community Pharmacy
· IPPE-2 (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience) Institutional Pharmacy
· APPE (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience)
1. Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience-1 (IPPE-1): PP-3,2030231, 2 Cr.
IPPE-1 is offered during summer semester, after completion of 2nd professional year. Students are trained for total duration of 200 hours, i.e., 8 hours daily for 5 days a week for a period of 5 weeks, (male in community pharmacies and female in out-patient pharmacies of tertiary care hospitals).
IPPE-1 is preceded by a didactic/practical course on Pharmaceutical Care-1, which provides the students with experience in retrieving information directly from the patient regarding his health problem (history taking) and drug therapies (treatment history) as well as from medical charts, databases, and from the caregivers using appropriate effective communication in both oral and written forms. Training sessions on Patient counseling are also included in this course. IPPE-1 will expose the students to an actual and virtual environment to have an experience of medication therapy management, retrieving patient information, patient counseling and monitoring, thus preparing the student for IPPE-2 and APPE later in the program.
2. Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience-2 (IPPE-2): PP-11 2030331, 2 Cr
IPPE-2 is offered during summer semester, after completion of 3rd professional year. Students are trained for total duration of 200 hours, i.e., 8 hours daily 5 days a week for a period of 5 weeks, in Hospital Pharmacies of Tertiary Care Hospitals of region.
IPPE-2 is preceded by IPPE-1, two courses on Pharmaceutical Care aimed at preparing students for direct patient centered care, and a didactic course on Institutional Pharmacy Practice which provides students with essential information on structure and functions of Hospital Pharmacy and role of a pharmacist as member of team of interprofessional health care providers. In addition to achievement of core competencies required for working in hospital setting, IPPE-2 also prepares students for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
3. Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)
PP-24 2030431, PP-25 2030511, PP-26 2030521: 35 Cr
APPE is offered during 5th year of Pharm D program after successful completion of four years of the program. It consists of 10 clinical rotations, each of 4 weeks duration. Student has to work for 8 hours/day, 40 hours/week and a total of 1600 hours during APPE.
Backed up by knowledge and skills achieved through IPPE-1, IPPE-2 and didactic courses such as four courses in therapeutics, 3 courses in Pharmaceutical Care and one course in Drug Information and literature evaluation, APPE is aimed at preparing the students to work as effective and efficient member of team of interprofessional health care providers as ethical pharmacy practitioners and medication therapy management specialists.