It Takes a Village: How 5 Programs and Preceptors Integrated EPAs into Community

November 30, 2022
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST

Hosted by the Curriculum SIG

Five schools from the Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium utilized a modified Delphi process to integrate Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) into Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) curricula. Community IPPE and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) preceptors participated in focus groups and surveys designed to solicit expert feedback to identify, categorize, and build consensus on IPPE-level tasks students should be expected to perform to ensure APPE readiness. This resulted in an EPA-based Community IPPE curricula.


  1. Discuss an approach for integrating Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) into Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) to ensure Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) readiness. 
  2. Describe how to utilize a modified Delphi process to solicit expert opinion from preceptors. 
  3. Explain the benefits of working in a consortium to develop and adopt a unified IPPE curriculum. 
  4. Discuss potential curricular updates based on preceptor feedback and nationally proposed EPA changes.


Omar Attarabeen
Associate Professor
Curriculum SIG Chair
University of Maryland Eastern Shore


Lena McDowell, PharmD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Experiential Programs Office
Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy

Kay Brooks, M.Ed., R.Ph.
Associate Director of Community IPPE
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

Johnathan Hamrick, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences
Mercer University College of Pharmacy