UCSOP Students Learn to Walk in Their Patients’ Shoes in the First Year

1st Year Pharmacy IPPE at UCSOP (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience)

During the first year of pharmacy school, students are involved in a Service Learning practice experience to work on their communication skills.  Each student is assigned to a facility that performs some type of medical care, such as a skilled nursing facility, an assisted living facility, a home health agency, etc.  During the visits to their site, the students learn to improve their communication skills while working with patients and members of the health care team.

Prior to the first site visit, the students have several classes covering a variety of topics, such as patient interview techniques, health literacy, interpersonal communication, and empathy.  Below are some photos of student participating in an empathy lab where activities simulate some hardships that are common in the elderly population.

Scott Williams practices walking with a walker. (Class of 2016)

Scott Williams

John Schuette

John Schuette is wearing glasses covered with tape to simulate cataracts. (Class of 2016)

Rachel Lemon

Rachel Lemon attempts to read a prescription label while wearing the “cataract” glasses. (Class of 2016)

Travis Cottle

Travis Cottle is wearing ear plugs to simulate hearing impairment. His fingers are taped together to simulate arthritis.

“The Empathy Lab provided a fascinating way to identify and understand another’s situation, feelings, and motives. Being able to empathize with the persons we come into contact with is so important for our future careers.”          ~Travis Cottle (Class of 2016)

During the semester, students are taught basic patient assessment skills that they can practice while at their rotations sites.  These include taking a pulse, temperature, blood pressure, and blood glucose.

Group Blood Pressure

Students practicing their blood pressure technique on fellow students. (Class of 2015)

Byron Magedanz is testing Rachana Joshi’s blood sugar. (Class of 2016)

Byron Rachana

Dr. Monk is using the simulation mannequin to demonstrate a heart rhythm.  (Class of 2013 students)

Gannett mannequin

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