Welcome to Experiential Education
The purpose of Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy (ISU-COP) is to prepare a competent pharmacy practitioner with effective primary care practice skills, including abilities to communicate and educate others on the rational use of medications and related devices.
Mission Develop competent and caring pharmacists operating at the top of their scope of practice in a team based health care environment.
Vision Become a leader in innovative experiential education by fostering excellence in collaborative, diverse patient centered care and continued preceptor development.
Goal Provide innovative, patient-centered, interprofessional experiential education opportunities longitudinally across the curriculum.
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs)
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) are a series of clinical practicums that allow students to integrate and apply information learned in the didactic portion of the curriculum. The IPPE program is a total of 310 hours of pharmacy experiences to be completed throughout the first three professional years. IPPEs, under appropriate supervision as permitted by Idaho and Alaska practice regulations, allow students to assume direct patient care responsibilities and acquire a broad overview of pharmacy practice. By applying knowledge in a variety of practice settings, students develop their communication skills, attitudes, abilities, values, and practice skills, as well as an understanding of the health needs of diverse populations.
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) are a series of in-depth clinical practicums within the fourth professional year that build on the skills and knowledge obtained in the previous three years of the didactic pharmacy curriculum and reiterate the purpose of the ISU- COP. APPEs will stress patient care services, clinical skills, problem solving, critical thinking, interprofessional collaboration, outcome-oriented decision making, and professionalism which allows the student to incorporate and apply the values, skills, knowledge, ethics, and attitudes taught throughout the curriculum. Experiences are of adequate intensity, duration and breadth to enable achievement of required competencies which are demonstrated and validated by assessment of outcome expectations.
Spotlight: Preceptor and Site
Site: Full Circle Health
Preceptor: Roger Hefflinger PharmD
We are proud to announce our January Preceptor and Site of the Month. Full Circle Health (Formerly Family Medicine Residency of Idaho) and Roger Hefflinger PharmD, has been a partner with ISU for many years. Their site offers an intensive collaborative experience for students that allows them to gain a wide range of experience due to their partnership with Saint Alphonsus Hospital. Dr. Hefflinger is an ISU Alumni who has spent years teaching APPE, IPPE, and a wide range of didactic courses at ISU. We asked Dr. Hefflinger to answer a few questions to give deeper insight about himself and his organization!
Tell us about your role at your organization.
I am now classified as the "Teaching Pharmacist" at Full Circle Health- which used to be called Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. I help with our adult medicine service in Saint Alphonsus hospital and also provide outpatient drug information and patient counseling.
Tell us about your organization?
Full Circle Health is an eleven clinic health system around the Treasure Valley. We have 2 family medicine residency programs (Boise and Nampa) as well as a new pediatric residency program. Our mission is to train practitioners for underserved patients in rural areas of Idaho and across the nation.
Tell us about what you enjoy about being a preceptor for ISU?
I work with a wide variety of Interprofessional health care providers and our job as the Pharmacist and Pharmacy students is to make sure patients receive the best therapeutic outcomes.
What advice would you give future Pharmacists and/or Students?
Pharmacy has expanded its role into many traditional and non-traditional areas in health care. It is a rewarding profession and provides a wide variety of experiences to help improve patient health.
Anything you would like us or students to know about your organization or yourself?
I am very enthusiastic about teaching people about medications. This takes place in a wide variety of health care environments including retail, hospital, and ambulatory settings. Full Circle Health is also an organization that is very committed to health care professional's education. I play a small (but hopefully important) role in this educational process. The organization has expanded to provide our patients with medications provided with 340-B purchasing and with this expansion we now support a PGY-1 Community based Pharmacy residency as well.
Contact Experiential Education
Director of Experiential Education
Cassandra Tack, MBA
Executive Director, Alaska Pharmacists Association
Faculty, UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy Program
Brandy Seignemartin PharmD
Experiential Education Coordinator
Joy-Marie Menzel, MS
Administrative Assistant II | PPRA