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In line with the LAU 2011-2016 strategic plan for interprofessional education (IPE) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Standards and Guidelines on IPE, faculty and students of the School of Pharmacy are actively involved in the LAU IPE program. The program uses a student-centered educational approach that builds on the curricula of LAU’s health and social care programs. Students learn on collaborating across disciplines that will ultimately enhance the quality of patient and client health and social care.
Four faculty members of the School of Pharmacy are standing members of the IPE workgroup that also includes faculty from the LAU Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Arts and Sciences (nutrition and social work). The workgroup meets regularly to discuss, develop, and plan IPE activities. Its common educational themes include communication; compliance and adherence; conflict negotiation; ethics in clinical practice; evidence-based medicine; health promotion; patient safety; and sexuality.
Pharmacy students go through multiple IPE learning experiences during their enrollment in the professional program. In order to streamline course delivery and considering students’ level of readiness (e.g., clinical experience; familiarity with interdisciplinary practice), students of different health and social sciences are grouped into three “steps”: 1 (students who have not yet had clinical learning experiences will be brought together for learning activities, regardless of their class year), 2 (students enrolled in their initial clinical experiences), and 3 (students nearing graduation with extensive clinical experiences and broader knowledge of healthcare).
Topics are mainly presented to students in mini lectures, simulations, and case discussions. Further, IPE also extends to the clinical practice setting by integrating students and faculty from different health and social sciences into interdisciplinary team work and practice at the LAU Medical Center–Rizk Hospital.
Specific assessment and evaluation instruments are used to continuously assess the IPE program and experiences. Evaluations are completed by students and faculty following their IPE learning activities. Assessment data are used to further guide the direction of the IPE program.
The LAU School of Pharmacy has been recognized by ACPE for its Noteworthy Practices on IPE. The description of the Noteworthy Practice is posted on the website of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Pharmacy Education Assessment and Accreditation Services (PEAAS).