Longitudinal Health-Systems (LHS)

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Are student preferences considered in scheduling Longitudinal Health-Systems (LHS) assignments?

No. However, the switching policy can be used for schedule conflicts.

Switch request policy

Students are to find a student with whom to switch times / dates, then submit a switch request email to the IPPE Coordinator, copy the student to be switched with and assigned dates / times switched from / to in the email. Upon review, the IPPE Coordinator will make the switch and confirm this with both students.

Longitudinal Health-Systems (LHS) IPPE

The longitudinal health-system pharmacy practice IPPE occurs on specific service lines in the health-system to expose student pharmacists to various activities. During this experience, students will be assigned quarterly to a service line and will be involved in general pharmacy operations, clinical activities, and/or quality improvement projects. The main goal for the student is to contribute authentically to patient care and workflow while achieving the learning goals and objectives outlined in the "Syllabus" section below.

The LHS IPPE is designed to be a quarter long experience (approximately 4 hours per week). The schedule can include weekday and weekend shifts.

Goals and objectives

Through Longitudinal Health-Systems IPPEs, student pharmacists will be introduced to the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in health systems settings. Students will participate in a variety of patient care-related activities.


The purpose of IPPEs is to:

  • Develop the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes for pharmacy practice
  • Instill professionalism
  • Expose students to the roles of the pharmacist and pharmacy practice settings
  • Prepare students for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Rotations (APPEs)


  • Discuss the process to prepare, dispense, and deliver medication orders, including extemporaneous preparations and sterile products, accurately, completely, and efficiently. (Specific to certain services)
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact verbally and in writing with healthcare providers and patients by gathering, organizing, and appropriately recording information and by consulting and counseling competently.
  • Describe the steps that must be taken to ensure departmental compliance with accreditation, legal, regulatory and safety requirements.
  • Interpret patient information according to task at hand and available setting.
  • Research and appropriately utilize resources (e.g., current practice guidelines, literature related to evidence-based medicine and practice, list of available resources for meeting an identified patient or population-based need) to improve an individual patient’s care or the care of patients within the practice setting.
  • Discuss the components of obtaining an accurate medication history or conducting a patient interview.

Orientation checklist

Print the PDF iconOrientation Checklist PDF for your reference.


For performance expectations, refer to the IPPE Manual or Preceptor Manual.

For professionalism and attendance policies, refer to Policies and Requirements.


The final evaluation should be discussed between student and preceptor at the practice site towards the end of the experience.

Students compete final evaluation(s) of the site and preceptor in E*Value

Preceptors complete final evaluation(s) of student performance in E*Value

LHS activities
  • Weekend Hospital Operations
  • Neurosurgery (Neurovascular Med History)
  • Med Center QI
  • ICU (Med History)
  • Orthopedic Surgery (Med History)
  • General Surgery (Med History)
  • General Surgery (Anticoag)
  • Cardiology (Anticoag)
  • Mission Bay Clinical Service
  • ASP
  • VASFNeurosurgery (Spine, 7-Long)
  • Neurosurgery (Spine, 7-Long)
  • HIV / Pain Management
  • Transplant Discharge Counseling
  • Med History

Interested in becoming an IPPE preceptor?

See WOS Faculty Appointment FAQs.

Go to: IPPE Manual