Advanced Practice Pharmacy Clerkships
The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics encompasses an academic medical center, multiple specialty and primary care clinics, 12 ambulatory pharmacies, and a wide array of innovative pharmacy services. We are a pharmacy department nationally recognized in the areas of clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy leadership and residency training.
Advanced Practice Pharmacy Student's Role
Fourth-year pharmacy students on rotation are vital members of the pharmacy team, directly assisting in the care we provide to patients. Our philosophy is that didactic learning needs to be built upon during experiential rotations, not necessarily re-taught using lecture. All students round on inpatient rotations. Students on rotation have access to academic medical center resources including Grand Rounds presentations, educational conferences, journal clubs and physician resident teaching sessions. Student daily activities include but are not limited to:
- Creating therapeutic plans
- Making recommendations to providers
- Rounding with the health care team on inpatient rotations
- Documenting medication outcomes
- Providing answers to formal and informal pharmacotherapy questions
- Educating patients to improve transitions-in-care
- Reconciling medications
- Completing or assisting in ongoing site quality improvement or research projects
We have a highly trained pharmacy staff, with 70 percent of inpatient pharmacists having completed residency training. While 5 percent of pharmacists across the country are board certified, 50 percent of our pharmacists have completed board certification. Our preceptors have published articles in Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Journal of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, Journal of American Pharmacists Association, Pharmacotherapy and the American Journal of Health System Pharmacists.
Preceptors present regularly at the American Transplant Congress, Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association Annual Conference, ASHP National Residency Preceptors Conference, ASHP Midyear Conference, Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, American Pain Society Annual Meeting, Pharmacist Society of Wisconsin meetings and the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. Our department also contributed nearly 6,000 hours of community service in 2012.
UW Hospital and Clinics pharmacy residents host weekly case presentations and journal clubs for our fourth-year students. Students on rotation are invited to all resident formal and informal discussions, Grand Rounds presentations, journal clubs, project proposals and meetings. This provides not only exposure to additional learning experiences but allows our students to gain an appreciation for the benefits of residency training. Our residents are trained at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy teaching certificate program and use that training to precept students over the last half of the APPE year.