Pharmacy

Clerkship

Gundersen Health System Pharmaceutical Services offers a diversity of options and practice settings for student clerkships. Our acute care experiences include rotations in cardiology, critical care (ICU), general medicine, pediatrics/neonatal intensive care and psychiatry. Each of these pharmacotherapy based clerkships includes providing direct patient care and active involvement as part of the patients' health care team. We also offer a hospital pharmacy clerkship, which is designed to provide experience in drug manufacturing, distribution and process management. The ambulatory care clerkship allows students to provide pharmaceutical care in a retail-based environment (clinic pharmacy); students also gain experience working closely with providers in an ambulatory clinic. The pharmacy practice management clerkship provides students experience in formulary and resourced management and drug use policy.

Training Site Features: Our tertiary care medical center is located in La Crosse, Wis., with numerous affiliates throughout a regional radius of about 150 miles. Gundersen is the western clinical campus for the University of Wisconsin College of Medicine. Our physicians and allied health practitioners, including pharmacists, support experiential education for students of all disciplines. We view teaching as an opportunity to influence the next generation of practitioners and to constantly improve the quality of patient care.

Applying: Coordination for site selection is completed within each College of Pharmacy. Please contact your College of Pharmacy Experiential Education Coordinator to submit a clerkship site request.

More Information:

Pharmacotherapy based rotations develop and strengthen students’ pharmaceutical care skills through:

  • Participation in multidisciplinary rounds with medical teams
  • Assessing and monitoring drug therapy
  • Intervening with the physicians, medical residents, nursing staff, and other caregivers to provide recommendations to optimize drug therapy
  • Providing drug information
  • Attendance at daily on-site medical education programming

The hospital pharmacy rotation develops and strengthens students’ pharmaceutical care skills by:

  • Preparing and dispensing medications, including parenteral admixtures, chemotherapeutic agents, and compounded preparations
  • Providing drug information to clinicians
  • Intervening with the physicians, medical residents, nursing staff, and other caregivers to provide recommendations to optimize drug therapy
  • Gaining insight into inventory control, economic aspects of an institutional pharmacy, and supervision of staff
  • Attendance at daily on-site medical education programming

The clinic pharmacy ambulatory care rotation develops and strengthens students’ pharmaceutical care skills by:

  • Providing direct patient care through counseling
  • Assessing and monitoring drug therapy
  • Intervening with the physicians and other caregivers to provide recommendations to optimize drug therapy
  • Preparing the pharmaceutical product for dispensing
  • Providing drug information to clinicians and patients
  • Gaining experience with inventory control, economic aspects of retail pharmacy, and supervision of staff
  • Attendance at daily on-site medical education programming

The pharmacy practice management clerkship develops and strengthens students’ pharmaceutical care skills by:

  • Participation in formulary management activities, including drug class review, monograph development, and drug use evaluation
  • Insight into human resource management and economic aspects of an institutional pharmacy department
  • Gaining experience with administrative analysis and formatting formal reports
  • Involvement with a health system pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committee
  • Attendance at daily on-site medical education programming

Throughout all clerkships, multiple opportunities are provided for students to hone their presentation skills. Students regularly present cases to their preceptors. In addition, they are expected to provide formal case or instructional presentations to the pharmacy staff, as well as actively participate in pharmacy journal club. As other opportunities arise while students are here for their rotations (e.g. Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee activities, career fairs), students are invited and encouraged to participate. All of these activities contribute to the richness of the student’s learning experience, and is integral in preparing students to enter the profession of pharmacy.

Internship

Duration/Type: Minimum 10 weeks

Number of Positions: 2 per year

Starting Date: Late May (flexible)

Estimated Salary: $20 per hour

Interview Required: Yes

Special Features: This program provides the student intern opportunities to function as a member of the pharmacy services team, as well as exercise skill in educating other healthcare professionals and patients in drug therapy. The student intern has the opportunity to work in either our primary outpatient clinic pharmacy location or hospital pharmacy services, including experience with both centralized and decentralized areas.

Special Requirements for Acceptance: The student intern must have completed the second year of pharmacy school to be eligible. A resume, application form and on-site or telephone interview are required.

Training Site Features: Gundersen Health System is a progressive tertiary referral teaching center with numerous regional clinics of multi-specialty practice in affiliation with the University of Wisconsin. The hospital and clinics serve as clinical training sites for medical, pharmacy, nursing and other allied health professional students and residents. The pharmacy supports a full range of services on a 24-hour basis, with decentralized clinical pharmacist practice in all inpatient care units. Our department also operates three outpatient clinic pharmacies in the La Crosse metropolitan area.

Education Coordinator
Adam Gregg, PharmD, BCPS
(608) 775-3617
Fax: (608) 775-5956
Email: aegregg@gundersenhealth.org

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