Longitudinal Health-Systems (LHS)

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 services, and/or quality improvement projects. The main goal for the student is to contribute authentically to patient care and workflow.

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 the 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.


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


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

LHS clinical services
  • Hospital operations 
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Intensive Care Unit 
  • General Surgery 
  • General Medicine 
  • Neurospine 
  • Craniotomy 
  • Emergency Department 
  • Pediatrics
  • Infectious Disease/Antibiotic Stewardship Program 
  • Drug Use Management 
  • Informatics 
  • Transitions of Care 
  • Thoracic Transplant 

Related Information

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