Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Publications

Integrating Interprofessionalism in the Development of New School of Pharmacy at Cedarville University

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American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education





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Cedarville University has been offering undergraduate education in pre-pharmacy and nursing for more than 30 years. Current development of graduate and professional programs in health sciences began as a result of University's strategic plan. From the early stages of developing Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, the School of Pharmacy was intentional in its mission to create a culture of interprofessionalism. Initially, didactics, simulation labs, experiential education and research were identified as four major areas to inculcate interprofessionalism in the new School of Pharmacy. Development of didactic curriculum and its delivery in the PharmD program included insights from pharmacy, nursing and medical school faculty. As a result, the new PharmD curriculum applies a combination of problem and team based learning methods developed in consultation with Wright State University School of Medicine. The simulation lab was designed to facilitate interaction between pharmacy and nursing students in working together under the supervision of joint faculty. Similar interprofessional teams lead by pharmacy faculty has been on international medical missions that provided valuable experiential education to the students. Under research initiatives, the School of Pharmacy successfully launched monthly research grand rounds with the Nursing department and annual research and scholarship symposium with all the colleges in Cedarville University. Further, the School of Pharmacy provides leadership to the annual Bioethics conference on campus. As a result of these initiatives, the PharmD program at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy will prepare future pharmacists to work efficiently in collaboration with other professionals in the health-care team.


Pharmacy education, pharmacy schools, interprofessionalism