Learning Together with the Ambulatory Care Co-Op

This is the second in a series of posts on the MinneSOTL blog profiling various types of collaborations supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

Ambulatory Care Co-Op

The Ambulatory Care Co-Op at the MN-COP started in 2011 and consists of clinical faculty with ambulatory care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE).The Co-Op consists of clinical faculty with precepting roles at 5-8 sites different ambulatory care sites. These clinical faculty members came together voluntarily to identify best practices for experiential education at ambulatory care sites using a scholarly approach. Co-Op member Dr. Chrystian Pereira shares the origin of the Co-Op and next steps for the collaboration.

Chystian Pereira
How did the Co-Op first get started?

The Co-Op started because a few of the preceptors at the MN-COP realized even though we all had unique APPEs, there were overlaps in our experiential teaching experiences. Many of us were doing something similar to the others and many of us had both well developed and less developed aspects of our APPEs. The idea was we could share some work, choose the best parts of different experiences, and take turns focusing our teaching efforts on specific parts of the rotation. If we could trust the other preceptors to do a good job on their part of the teaching experiences, as a whole we could give a more refined and developed APPE.

We wanted to spread the work around, but increase the overall quality of the APPE, which is why we called the group a Co-Op. We were approaching this as collaborative teaching, done in a way to allow each of the members to contribute, but retain their unique teaching experience.

What is next for the group?

So far the Co-Op has been made up almost exclusively of practitioners associated with the MN-COP and we see a lot of the work done over the past few years as a test run; we work on processes needing to be refined among a group of 5-8 APPE sites. The MN-COP is transitioning to a new curriculum, including APPEs, and many of the Co-Op projects have been incorporated into this new curriculum in some fashion. For those involved (both in and out of the Co-Op), it has taken a  lot of work to expand our previous projects to fit a new, larger scale.

As for the Co-Op, we still see ourselves as a testing ground where we, as teachers, can try out new processes and find better ways to make experiential education more valuable to students, providers and patients.

Projects and Publications from the Ambulatory Care Co-Op

For the past 5 years, the Co-Op has taken a scholarly approach to developing high quality ambulatory care APPEs. A few of their projects are profiled here.

Confirming Knowledge Acquisition

Each site was doing a slightly different pre-test at the beginning of each APPE. The Co-Op compiled all the pre-tests, looked for similarities and developed a shared process each site would follow. Co-Op members recently examined the results from this ongoing project and published their findings. Read more here.

Tracking Patient Encounters

The Co-Op created a system for students to track their experiences in the clinic (e.g. the number of patients seen with asthma). This gives preceptors and students a chance to reflect directly on the experiences being had on the APPE rotation.Read more about the experiences students tracked and its impact on student competency in a recently published article here.

Stay tuned to MinneSOTL to learn more about the work being doing by this exciting, progressive collaboration!


An Overview of the Ambulatory Care Co-Op

Purpose: The purpose of the Co-Op is for clinical faculty to consolidate efforts in order to improve Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) and to ensure interventions were improving student learning at the MN-COP.

People: The Co-Op is a voluntary collaboration of MN-COP clinical faculty with an ambulatory care precepting role.

Current Co-Op members include: Dr. Jean Moon, Dr. Jody Lounsbery, Dr. Ila Harris, Dr. Chrystian Pereira, Dr. Sarah Westberg, Dr. Ann Philbrick, Dr. Kylee Funk, Dr. Caity Frail, Dr. Sarah Schweiss, Dr. Keri Hager, Dr. Megan Undeberg, and Dr. Shannon Reidt

Process: Members of the Co-Op meet regularly to discuss ongoing and upcoming projects. They are expected to ensure each APPE student participates in the required components of the rotation, as decided by the Co-Op. Members are also expected to contribute to the scholarly activity of the group and design additional scholarly projects, if they choose.

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