The primary goal of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) is to provide the student with an opportunity to experience a broad range of pharmacy practice experiences early in the student's academic career. IPPE is designed to ensure that the student meets Pre-APPE Core Performance Domains and Abilities as suggested by AACP November 2010.

IPPEs are characterized by various assignments provided to students from their P1 through P3 including actual practice experiences in community (IPPE I) and institutional or managed care (IPPE II) settings. IPPE provides an introduction to the profession and continue in a progressive manner leading to entry into Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) that they will complete during the fourth professional year.

The purpose of the IPPE I rotation is to expose the student to the essential operational elements routinely performed in a community pharmacy. This 4 week rotation is done the summer after successful completion of the 1st professional year in a community pharmacy setting. Students will receive live introduction to concepts such as OTC products, patient counseling, and medical device demonstration.

The purpose of the IPPE II rotation is to expose the student to the essential operational elements in a hospital setting. This 4 week rotation is done the summer after successful completion of the 2nd professional year in a hospital or managed care setting. Students will receive live introduction to concepts such as IV preparation and sterile admixture, floor stocking, and formulary management.

For more information about IPPE, please contact Jamila Jorden at 202-806-9186 or Jamila.jorden@howard.edu.