An interprofessional psychiatric advanced pharmacy practice experience

Lisa W. Goldstone, Janet Cooley

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Objective. To create an interprofessional psychiatry advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) and assess the initial outcomes. Design. An elective psychiatry APPE was developed in a setting of interdisciplinary practice. Preceptor responsibilities were shared between a psychiatric pharmacist and an attending psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner. Students were also given the opportunity to shadow and work with other health care professionals such as nurses, social workers, therapists, family nurse practitioners, and utilization review staff members. Assessment. Midpoint and final evaluations demonstrated student advancement throughout the experience as well as the development of communication skills with patients and an increased ability to work collaboratively with other health care providers. Students rated this practice experience highly and their comments reflected achievement of the established learning objectives. Conclusion. An interdisciplinary elective practice experience in psychiatry at a local teaching hospital was effective in teaching psychiatric care and interprofessional interaction. This teaching model can be adapted for use in other practice settings or specialty areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number129
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2013


  • Advanced pharmacy practice experience
  • Experiential
  • Interprofessional
  • Psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics


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