Innovative Teaching at Ohio State Recognized by National Pharmacy Organization

Emily Keeler
Jennifer RodisJennifer Rodis, PharmD

Partner for Promotion (PFP), a program at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, received a 2013 Innovations in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

The competition was created to identify innovative teaching and learning strategies. Program Director Jennifer Rodis, PharmD, presented PFP’s work during AACP’s Annual Meeting this past summer.

PFP is a collaboration of Ohio State faculty and students with community pharmacists in which the groups work together to implement and expand patient care services in community pharmacies.

“Partner for Promotion is unique because it incorporates ownership and longitudinal project management into the regular advanced practice (APPE) curriculum,” said Rodis. “The students get more experience, the pharmacies are able to offer more services, and patients have access to better care. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

Additionally, the experience does not take up elective credit or take time out of a student’s experiences for the year. It allows student participants a real-life opportunity to create a service that is going to be sustainable after the student leaves. Approximately 60% of services created through PFP are still in use today, with a higher percentage in recent years.

“What makes this different is that I’m not making this happen,” said Rodis. “The students and the preceptors are. I just give them the tools and the training to make their vision come to life.”

The program began at Ohio State in 2005. Because of its success, the PFP program has been adopted at five other universities: Chicago State University, Midwestern University –Glendale, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), West Virginia University, and University of Utah.

The program was created by Rodis and fellow faculty members Kristin Casper, PharmD, and Julie Legg, PharmD.

Says Rodis, “This award could not have been achieved, or the program continue to move forward, without the support of our division chair, college dean, and experiential office as well as the contributions of community pharmacy partners and individual preceptors.”

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