Healthcare professionals across all specialties can agree that interprofessional education (IPE) is essential for more thoughtful and successful patient outcomes. Members of a healthcare team need to work together to ensure their patients are receiving the best care possible. As PCOM’s IPE-focused efforts continue to expand, programs are working together for student success. One initiative that was recently launched will send PCOM Georgia’s doctor of pharmacy students to PCOM’s Family Medicine Office to interact with their doctor of osteopathic medicine peers in a clinical setting. Celia Sha’ron Black, PharmD ‘22, is the first student to travel to Philadelphia for this 5-week clinical rotation.
“This has been a very surreal experience,” shared Ms. Black. “The experience gained from this rotation is an actual representation of what interprofessional collaboration looks like. We spend the first three years of our didactic careers mostly in a classroom setting viewing patient care from a pharmacy standpoint, having this rotation has allowed me to gain a more holistic outlook on patient care while also allowing for an exchange of knowledge across both professions,” continued Ms. Black.
During her rotation at PCOM’s Family Medicine Office, Ms. Black is practicing the patient-facing skills that she will need upon graduating. Such daily duties include reviewing patient prescription lists, counseling patients about their medications and working with the attending physician to ensure that the patient’s prescription plan accurately reflects their needs.
While in Philadelphia, Ms. Black also had the opportunity to live in the new, campus-adjacent Meta Christy House. Ms. Black will complete her clinical rotation at Family Medicine at the end of July. There are plans to make this rotation available to more PCOM Georgia doctors of pharmacy students going forward.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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