March 16, 2017

Integrating Coursework and Experiential Learning

February 16, 2017: CI Team

Professor Ed Kelly shares the delight and wonder of a kidney on a chip with pharmacy students.

In mid-February, the Curricular Innovation (CI) team discussed how we can better integrate learning and gain efficiency in the core curriculum, by identifying unnecessary overlaps and considering sequencing and layering of concepts and skills. Experiential education programming was also a key topic in February, as we worked to clarify goals for increased patient care experience and to define a “goal post” for when the core Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) need to begin. Ongoing projects include taking inventory of current topic coverage in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutics, as well as in the PY3 therapeutics and skills series, and the PY1 skills series. Extra meetings are planned with key experiential stakeholders, as well as with current student representatives.

February 23, 2017: CI Team

The CI team met the following week to discuss integration of coursework, identification of foundational content, and consideration of sequencing with an aim to better coordinate topics in alignment with Interprofessional Education (IPE) experiences. The team also discussed options for design modules; what Wednesdays in Practice could include; and options for electives, such as offering more advanced elective options and short-course electives. The team decided to invite the Chairs of all three Departments to meet for input and discussion of departmental concerns.

February 27, 2017: Student Representatives

The Dean’s Advisory Council of Students (DACS) met to discuss ideas for Curricular Innovation, and included student representatives from the Curriculum Committee, Assessment Committee, and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS). The reps had a lively discussion, providing valuable feedback, with ideas for increased integration, coordination of content and application, and elective offerings.

March 16, 2017: CI Team and Department Chairs

The CI team met with additional OPPE staff, faculty, and the Chairs from all three Departments—Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacy—to discuss innovations in our experiential education program, including options and recommendations for expansion of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). We also discussed core needs for increased efficiency and integration across the curriculum, elective options, and ideas for faculty engagement in the process moving forward. The CI team continues to work on the proposal for curricular innovation, including information about feasibility.

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