Hospital Practice

Hospital pharmacy practice

Patient Criteria

  • Any patient population is acceptable.

Preceptor Criteria

  • Credentials which provide evidence of expertise in health-system practice. (CE in the areas of IV admixtures, medication safety, automated dispensing units, etc.) with at least 2 years’ experience as a practicing pharmacist.
  • A residency or fellowship is preferred but not required.

Site Criteria

  • An inpatient pharmacy where the pharmacy department has a medication use system, formulary management, IV admixture services, etc. (If services are outsourced, the student is able to learn how such services are accomplished to assure quality pharmacy services.)

Required Course Activities

In order to achieve the stated learning objectives, students completing the Advanced Hospital Practice Experience should complete the following activities/assignments:

  1. Participate in the processing of drug orders (including preparation of IV medications) from entry into the pharmacy system to patient delivery (student’s role may include simulation and/or training in some areas, depending on institutional policies and procedures).
  2. Participate in the hospital’s medication reconciliation process, as applicable, performing and documenting at least one medication reconciliation.
  3. Participate in a P&T committee and/or in other pharmacy department or multi-disciplinary meetings as able.
  4. Discuss with the preceptor, or other pharmacist, national quality measures and safe medication use. Topics may include review of National Patient Safety Goals, Joint Commission accreditation, National Hospital Quality Measures, HEDIS, HCAHPS, etc.
  5. Participate in preparing and/or submitting an actual or simulated adverse event or medication error report to a standard reporting system (e.g., FDA MedWatch, medication error reporting, etc). Note: student’s role may include reporting simulation and/or discussion with the preceptor.
  6. Deliver at least one presentation (journal club, patient case, new drug review, etc) to pharmacy and/or other health care professionals, including analysis and interpretation of the primary literature.
  7. Complete at least two written drug information responses using appropriate institutional documentation or the Clinically Answerable Question Intake/Tracking Form.