Students are assigned to complete medication reconciliation P3 for all patients within three days of admission to the medicine faculty hospitalists (MFH) service. Each student is assigned to cover a specific patient care area and must complete medication reconciliation for all MFH patients meeting criteria in his or her assigned area; the six students are expected to work as a team to divide the workload fairly and ensure that all patients are covered. Each day, the students must maintain a list of patients for whom medication reconciliation was completed and communicate that information to the students scheduled for the next day (students working on Monday begin by reviewing data on patients admitted on the previous Friday).
The Direct Patient Care IPPE is a valuable learning activity that not only meets the requirements of ACPE but also meets the needs of the college of pharmacy in providing an experience that gives students real patient care responsibility, thus providing better preparation for inpatient clinical rotations during their fourth-year advanced practice experiences. Furthermore, the students perform a needed service for the health system and patients, accomplishing meaningful work that would otherwise have to be done by others. The IPPE is truly a win/win/win for students, the College, and the Hospital.
Paul C. Walker, Kathy S. Kinsey, Michael D. Kraft, Nancy A. Mason, John S. Clark. Improving student education and patient care through an innovative introductory pharmacy practice experience.Am J Health Syst Pharm April 15, 2011 68:655-660; doi:10.2146/ajhp100490