P1 + P2: Do u have a mandatory 3 week summer rotation?

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Hi guys! Just wondering if any other schools out there started this new thing? WSU is making us do a mandatory summer rotations during the summer of our p1 and p2 year.

Before I got to WSU, I thought we only had to do rotations during our 4th year. And the thing is we can't even choose where we want to go because basically we put in our preference in some sort of survey and they assign us our location almost randomly.
 

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Ours is 2 weeks, but yeah they're trying to work this into all of the curriculums. 4th year students were getting to their rotations never having stepped foot in a real pharmacy so the result is rotations during summers. What our school is doing is shortening our semester from 16 weeks to 14 weeks, then having our 2 weeks of IPPE. So in reality, its still a 16 week semester, but our finals will be in mid April...
 

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Hi guys! Just wondering if any other schools out there started this new thing? WSU is making us do a mandatory summer rotations during the summer of our p1 and p2 year.

Before I got to WSU, I thought we only had to do rotations during our 4th year. And the thing is we can't even choose where we want to go because basically we put in our preference in some sort of survey and they assign us our location almost randomly.
It is a new accreditation requirement...Creighton 2012 is not part of this but CU 2013 will be.
 
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USP has it set up in such a way that we do one IPPE every semester. Example: this winter break I'm doing 32hrs at a hospital, though I could do it during the actual semester if I chose, and I'm doing 40hrs at a retail pharmacy over next semester. Same type of things P2 and P3. I guess they are just spreading it out so we wouldn't have to do it in the summer (trust me, they'd charge us like crazy if they made it a mandatory summer class).
What sucks is that we have to make a portfolio for each IPPE, with all sorts of different requirements.
 

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These are part of the new ACPE accreditation rules.
Portfolios are know required, though, before many schools have done them.
For IPPE, you must have 300 hours before you move on to APPE. Many schools are upset by this new regulation. Some are planning on taking on ACPE over this. Each school has its own way of completing the 300 hour requirement. The schools who went through re-accreditation starting fall 2007 were the first ones accredited under the new rules. They were somewhat lenient with those schools. Only one school had completely changed their curriculum to reflect the new regulations.
 

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Thanks for your insight guys! I wish they could squeeze our IPPE in during the semester but since we are in a small town that do not have that many pharmacies, it would be impossible to find practice sites for all 91 of us.
 

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Nope - Ours is 6 weeks... required. Thankfully it can be conducted at your choice of pharmacy.

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My school has it set up for one day week during the semester for 4 hours at a time, totaling 14 weeks. To be honest I would rather do it all in a week or two everyday to get it out of the way, one less thing to worry about.
 

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IPPE's are the bane of my existence. I just hate the idea of scheduling things + school plus everything else.

We're growing into it all here at UB... finding preceptors willing to take P1-P3 students. As a P2 (class of 2011) we're the first class here thats doing them.

Right now we're stuck doing them during the academic year (winter break just got OK'd) so summer is out of the question. Maybe summer 2009?
 

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I get a wide open summer, our IPPE's are built in to the curriculum. Granted, sometimes I wish I could push them all out of the way in 2 weeks.
 

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It is a new accreditation requirement...Creighton 2012 is not part of this but CU 2013 will be.
This is what the University of Arizona is doing too. I'm actually taking the class next semester that will become the new IPPE class since I already took physiology. They are testing it out on us :laugh: I think all the IPPEs will be integrated into the curriculum and not during the summers.
 
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Most of the new schools already have them integrated into the curriculum. Schools really dont need to have it implemented until they are up for re-accredidation. Nice to hear that everyone else gets to suffer like us though...

Pharmacy school = Pass the pain please

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My school also incorporates IPPEs into the semester, which I actually love. Our semesters are 18 weeks long with 2 weeks in the middle for working. I worked 32 hours during week one at a retail pharmacy and then 32 hours during week two at a hospital. It was a really nice break from school.

In the spring, we will do 2 weeks of community service. I think we are speaking to elementary school kids about poison control. I've heard that it is pretty fun. The school combines those 2 weeks with our spring break, so we get a 3 week break from school. The down side is we only get 2 weeks off in between the fall and spring semesters. But we get the whole summer off....providing I can pass that damn pharmacokinetics class!
 

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Kentucky is doing the same thing with the IPPEs. Also, we are switching our APPEs from 10 4-week rotations to 8 5-week rotations. I think I'm the last class to get 10 APPEs in which I actually prefer, more experiences to gain and more people to learn from.
 
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