Pharmacy Elective Offerings & Requirements for Graduation

The Curriculum Committee (CC) decided students graduating in 2018 and onward must complete one didactic elective credit (16 hours) prior to being eligible to graduate, in addition to the three required APPE electives, which have been required since the program’s inception. The Office of Academics and Assessment (OAA) tracks this process.

Electives are offered to P1, P2, and P3. Electives are offered at times/dates that have historically encouraged student participation and engagement. P1 students are prohibited from taking electives until after semester one to help them get better acclimated to the rigor of the program and ensure early success in required coursework. Students may enroll in no more than two electives per semester, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition to electives, all P1 students are required to attend an interprofessional course (IPC), and all P1 and P2 students are required to attend one Interprofessional Case Conference (ICC) each academic year. We offer over 20 didactic distinct electives.


 

Summer 2016

PHRM 766 Media Club: ID Moloka'i

Throughout our existence, humankind has been in a constant struggle against pathogenic organisms. This course will focus on how this struggle has been captured in popular culture, as well as the ethical implication associated with disease treatment and prevention. Throughout the course, students will be expected to read a novel selected by faculty and to complete online activities on Moodle. Online class discussions and reflections will be major components of this course. Students will be encouraged to think critically, review ethical issues, and develop emotional intelligence as they explore current and historical perspectives related to infectious disease.

1 credit


 

Fall 2016

CHP 505 Healthcare Spanish I

Part one of a two-part accelerated course will develop the skills needed to understand and communicate in Spanish at a beginning level within the healthcare setting. In addition, the course will help students to gain valuable understanding of basic cultural issues related to Hispanic patients.

2 credits

 

CHP 520 Interprofessional Global Health (IGH): Preparation for Travel Abroad

This course is designed to prepare students for international travel and successful engagement in the role of student practitioner in an educational experience abroad. Focus is on global citizenship, cultural agility, professional and ethical behavior and the pragmatics of preparation travel.

1 credit

 

CHP 599 Chemistry of Cooking

This course will introduce students to various scientific aspects of cooking and interprofessional education relating to health and wellness. Topics that will be discussed include: recipes for a healthy diet; food and how their chemical constituents affect health and wellness; how human senses (texture, taste, etc) and neurotransmitter action are affected by chemical constituents within food; recipes and foods that are used to help manage medical disorders (attention and cognition, seizure disorders, depression, pain, immune system, cardio-metabolic disorders, sleep, etc); general nutrition and caloric balance and intake; and, cooking to promote fun and relaxation.

1 credit

 

CHP 599 Disability in a Disabling Society

Disability is a socio-cultural phenomenon, a personal experience, not just a medical condition. This course explores how society contributes to a person’s experience of disability and how this understanding can be used to promote the provision of person-centered, interprofessional health and human services.

1 credit

 

PHRM 751 Creating Professional Leaders

This elective course provides students with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skill set regarding leadership.  The concepts covered will include, but not be limited to: what is leadership, are leaders born or made, scientific analysis of leadership, importance of volunteer leadership, networking, and differences between leadership and management.  The course is taught in a seminar/discussion format and will feature a variety of guest speakers.  Discussion and interactive activities will be based on readings, assignments, experiences, and projects.  The basic structure of the course will be a one hour course introduction meeting, followed by 5 three hour gatherings scattered throughout the semester.

1 credit

 

PHRM 758 Research Electives

This elective course is designed for motivated and creative students who are interested in research and research methods. The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to acquire skills and concepts inherent in both theoretical and experimental concepts of pharmaceutical research. In addition, students are introduced to research techniques as well as research literature.

1-4 credit(s)

 

PHRM 766 Serving the Underserved Patients

In collaboration with SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine), students will assist in / increasing access to medicines for low-income patients who cannot fill their prescriptions. Students will be / working as interns in a community pharmacy close to the Hillsboro campus between 4:30-7:00pm (max 2.5 / hours/week). In this elective the student will:

  • Dispense donated prescriptions for uninsured and under-insured patients
  • Interact with providers to receive and process patient prescriptions
  • Assist with consultations for patients receiving donated medications
  • Utilize technology platform to process, prepack, and redistribute unused medications
  • Learn about the unique medication challenges related to the uninsured population
  • Dedicate effort toward getting every unused pill to a patient in need
  • Generate three Learning Bridge Cases that can assist students in teaching and learning therapeutic and patient/care outcomes

2 credits

 

PHRM 766 Clinical Pharmacy Meets Academia: Developing Future Educators

If you love to teach your peers about physiology and anatomy...or if you really enjoy working with patients to help them better understand the medical language and terminology, then TEACHING AND ACADEMIA might be for YOU! For some of you, an academic position will be your first "real" job! After you complete your clinical training, you may be eligible to apply to become a faculty member, as well as continue to develop and refine your clinical skills. This elective will show you the path to make your vision of becoming an educator in academia more attainable. In this elective, you will engage in 1) learning more about your strengths and natural talents, 2) exploring career options and possibilities within academia, 3) identifying the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of academia, 4) developing scholarly ideas in the area of teaching and learning to improve the program and teaching, 5) applying tips on how to secure good mentors and accelerate your growth, and 6) engaging in mock interviews with the instructor to enhance your communication/interview skills.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Residency Readiness

Getting a residency is more competitive than ever. This elective will focus on what you can do now to make sure you stand out in the field of thousands competing for critical residency positions. The products of students' work from the course will include: (1) a time line and key tasks checklist, (2) a personalized list of potential residency programs, (3) a "starter" CV and letter of intent, (4) an assessment of your strengths and how to promote them as a residency candidate, and (5) a personal action plan focused on how your can round out your CV and improve your candidacy through activities such as getting involved in professional organizations, developing leadership and management abilities, engaging in scholarly activities, maximizing your IPPE and APPE experiences, finding and maintaining a positive professional network, and solidifying your career goals.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Media Club: Infectious Disease

Throughout our existence, humankind has been in a constant struggle against pathogenic organisms.  This course will focus on how this struggle has been captured in popular culture, as well as the ethical implication associated with disease treatment and prevention.  Throughout the course, students will be expected to read a novel selected by faculty, generate original art pieces based on themes within that novel, and actively participate in an end-of-block “art show”.  Personal reflections and classroom discussions will be major components of this course.  Students will be encouraged to think critically, review ethical issues, and develop emotional intelligence as they explore current and historical perspectives related to infectious disease.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Career Pathways in Pharmacy

Students will learn about various careers within the field of pharmacy and will utilize the APhA Career Pathway Evaluation Program to see which career options may be a good fit for them based on individualized factors.  Additionally, students will gain experience in various aspects of career development, including letters of intent, CVs, interviewing, and personal branding.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Introduction to Continuous Professional Development

This elective will focus on learning about various aspects of the pharmacy profession through attendance at guest speaker events coordinated by the School of Pharmacy and the College of Health Professions.   These guest speaker events include presentations coordinated by student organizations as well as the University.   Students will be able to select which speaker series events they attend based on their schedules, but will be required to attend a minimum of 8 events to receive credit for the elective (2 of which must have a leadership theme, and 2 must focus on possible career options).  Reflective assignments will be completed on Moodle for speaker series events attended.  The majority of this elective course will be self-directed in determining which events and which times that students will attend, with one required session on an introduction to Continuous Professional Development.

1 credit

 


 

Spring 2017

 

CHP 505 Healthcare Spanish I

Part one of a two-part accelerated course will develop the skills needed to understand and communicate in Spanish at a beginning level within the healthcare setting. In addition, the course will help students to gain valuable understanding of basic cultural issues related to Hispanic patients.

2 credits

 

CHP 506 Healthcare Spanish II

Second of a 2-part accelerated course to develop the skills needed to understand and communicate in Spanish at an intermediate level within the healthcare setting. In addition, the course will help students gain valuable understanding of basic cultural issues related to Hispanic patients.

2 credits

 

CHP 520 Interprofessional Global Health (IGH): Preparation for Travel Abroad

This course is designed to prepare students for international travel and successful engagement in the role of student practitioner in an educational experience abroad. Focus is on global citizenship, cultural agility, professional and ethical behavior and the pragmatics of preparation travel.

1 credit

 

CHP 530 Interprofessional Global Health (IGH): Intro to Global Health

This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to prepare for understanding the roles of global environmental and cultural impacts on health care delivery.  Focus is on global citizenship, cultural agility, transnational models of healthcare, ethics, professionalism and social justice.

2 credits

 

PHRM 758 Research Electives

This elective course is designed for motivated and creative students who are interested in research and research methods. The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to acquire skills and concepts inherent in both theoretical and experimental concepts of pharmaceutical research. In addition, students are introduced to research techniques as well as research literature.

1-4 credit(s)

 

PHRM 762 Leadership Skills and Abilities

This elective course provides students with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skill set regarding leadership. The concepts covered will include, but not be limited to: what is leadership, are leaders born or made?, scientific analysis of leadership, importance of volunteer leadership, networking, and differences between leadership and management. This course is aimed at equipping graduates of the school of pharmacy with knowledge and skills to meet and successfully navigate leadership challenges experienced in current pharmacy practice. The course is taught in a seminar/discussion format and will feature a variety of guest speakers. Discussion and interactive activities will be based on readings, assignments, experiences, projects, and presentations. The basic structure of the course will be a one hour course introduction meeting, followed by 5 three hour gatherings scattered throughout the semester.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Practical MTM: Beyond the Basics

Our profession continues to evolve to meet the constantly changing healthcare needs of our communities. Medication Therapy Management (MTM) encompasses all aspects of medication management which can be tailored to each patient's individual needs. After a quick review of MTM basics, we will explore aspects of MTM including communication, cultural differences, targeted interventions, training and utilization of documentation platforms, and future opportunities in MTM. In this interactive online class, students will be given tools and information they can use in experiential settings, residencies, and any practice setting.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Drug Abuse and Addiction

This elective course will discuss the neurobiological and psychological basis of addiction, common drugs of abuse and their history.

The class will involve group discussions based upon student presentations on select drugs of abuse and guest speakers who work in the field of drug abuse and addiction.

1.5 credits

 

PHRM 766 Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is not the default mode of the brain. This course will provide students with skills and strategies to apply critical thinking skills to their learning. Through completion of this course, students will: a.) have become more self aware of flaws in their own thinking and how to manage them, b.) be able to argue a position, avoiding logical fallacies and/or arguing with a specific conclusion in mind, as well as learn both sides of argument and how to deconstruct arguments, c.) use critical thinking skills to evaluate alternative medicine modalities that lack scientific plausibility and evidence, but are used in mainstream society, d.) appreciate the importance of applying critical thinking skills to all walks of life, personal and professional.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Story Time: Exploring Person-centered Care through Narrative Medicine

"Health Humanities" is an emerging field in medicine, reminding us that our patients are human, with thoughts, emotions, and an individual understanding of their condition that goes beyond the medical diagnosis. In this elective, we will explore "narrative medicine" by interacting with real people with real diseases and listening to their stories. Students will have an opportunity to work on their written communication and presentation skills while interacting with actual patients on a more personal level than typically achieved in the regular curriculum.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Introduction to Clinical Learning

This elective course will enable students to gain an introduction to clinical pharmacy learning through mini-cases on various disease states featured in the P2 year, laboratory results reviews, connections to pathophysiology, and making meaningful connections across different content.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Residency Readiness

Getting a residency is more competitive than ever. This elective will focus on what you can do now to make sure you stand out in the field of thousands competing for critical residency positions. The products of students' work from the course will include: (1) a time line and key tasks checklist, (2) a personalized list of potential residency programs, (3) a "starter" CV and letter of intent, (4) an assessment of your strengths and how to promote them as a residency candidate, and (5) a personal action plan focused on how your can round out your CV and improve your candidacy through activities such as getting involved in professional organizations, developing leadership and management abilities, engaging in scholarly activities, maximizing your IPPE and APPE experiences, finding and maintaining a positive professional network, and solidifying your career goals.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Pharmacogenomics

This elective will focus on pharmacogenomics and how it influences pharmacy now and in the future. We will start with the basics of genomics and sequencing projects, move into clinical correlates, case studies and interactive exercises and also consider the ethical challenges of pharmacogenomics. The format will be a mix of lectures by pharmacy practice and science faculty, potentially outside speakers and student presentations.

1 credit

 

PHRM 766 Literature Evaluation Beyond the Basics

This elective expands on the concepts introduced in required coursework related to Evidence Based Medicine principles, drug therapy research methods and study design, outcomes evaluation, and applied biostatistics.  Students will critically appraise findings from the primary literature to determine if they are scientifically sound, generalizable, and useful in the care of their patients.  Teaching methods include a combination of pre-readings, mini-lectures, guided group discussion, and written concise article summary post-assignments.  During the application sessions, students will be encouraged to integrate the best available research evidence with their own growing Ambulatory Care expertise, and consideration of patient values and preferences.

1.5 credits