AACP Teachers Seminar: Utilizing the Patient Care Process as a Framework for the Pharm.D. Curriculum

New this year at the 2016 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California was a Teachers Seminar education track parallel to the Walmart Scholars track dedicated to the Pharmacist’s Patient Care Process (PPCP). Four faculty members from across the country presented on “Utilizing the Patient Care Process as a Framework for the Pharm.D. Curriculum.”

Dr. Eric Boyce, Associate Dean from the University of the Pacific, spoke from an administrative level about the importance of incorporating the PPCP throughout the curriculum. He recognized the challenges that faculty and preceptors face teaching this process consistently across different disciplines in the curriculum and throughout didactic and experiential education. He focused on the value of developing a common framework that utilizes consistent terminology that allows all students and all pharmacists to be able to speak the same language. 

Dr. Eric Boyce leading off the Teachers Seminar.

Dr. Beth Phillips, Professor at the University of Georgia concentrated on the need for intentionality, consistency, and a systematic approach to teaching the PPCP to students. She showed a powerful video of student and faculty interviews sharing stories of how their school uses technology and active learning to teach and apply the PPCP. Students explained that active engagement in learning the PPCP enhances their experience and their ability to replicate the practice in real life. Faculty shared stories of developing and implementing new technologies. Dr. Phillips encouraged participants to think creatively about how to tap into resources at their college or university such as instructional design collaboration, interprofessional education team based experiences, and standardized patients.

Dr. Keri Hager, Assistant Professor from the University of Minnesota, discussed the importance of teaching the PPCP early, often, and through authentic practice. She spoke on the fact that the PPCP is part of a three-part model that includes the Philosophy of Practice, the Patient Care Process, and the Practice Management System. Dr. Hager also focused her discussion on the importance of teaching students the unique portion of the Pharmacist’s process in comparison to other members of the healthcare system and that is pharmacist’s unique assessment of drug therapy as appropriately indicated, effective, safe, and convenient.

Dr. Keri Hager illustrating the three part framework to pharmacy practice: Philosophy of Practice, the Patient Care Process, and Practice Management Systems.

Dr. Melissa Somma McGivney, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships from the University of Pittsburgh, finished out the afternoon sharing the story of her students’ frustration that their learning in the classroom was not what they were seeing in practice. The school found a way to pair students with seniors in the community, where a need existed, to practice the PPCP. Students had the chance to create the environment that they wanted to see in practice and practice “billing” for grades. Dr. Somma McGivney highlighted the need for continual evaluation and improvement of programming to provide the best experience for students.

MN-COP is actively involved in discussions of teaching the patient care process through the Council of Faculties’ Workgroups. Contact  Dr. Keri Hager, Dr. Claire Kolar (joh07220@umn.edu), Dr. Debbie Pestka (pestk002@umn.edu), or Dr. Bethany Von Hoff (vonho010@umn.edu) for further information.

Dr. Keri Hager and participants collaborating and idea sharing on how to improve teaching the PPCP.