Grice Wins AACP Award of Excellence for Work on Intentional Interprofessional Experiential Education

Published on 02 May 2019

Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., FNAP, BCPS, assistant dean for curriculum and assessment and director of experiential education and professor of pharmacy practice, along with a task force of five other experiential education leaders from across the country, recently received the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The award is given annually to an individual, school or college of pharmacy, or group of individuals who have made outstanding contributions or achievements in pharmacy experiential education. Grice and her team were recognized for their efforts to develop a definition of intentional interprofessional experiential education in pharmacy curricula.

“I was really surprised when I found out we had won this award,” stated Grice. “We had a really great team, and our group was willing to go above and beyond what was asked of us to create recommendations that could be significant and useful to pharmacy education.”

In July 2015, Grice and other members of the task force began their work by examining how to accomplish interprofessional education in real-world settings, such as introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Over the next two years, the task force created a definition of intentional interprofessional education (IPE) in experiential education, completed a literature search on other health profession IPE practices, conducted an expansive survey to directors of experiential education and their preceptor networks, and analyzed the data gathered.

Some of the task force’s key findings highlighted the misconceptions of IPE and the ideal settings for IPE to take place. The team found that many preceptors felt they were facilitating IPE since they're students were participating in rounds that included multiple professions. However, the task force determined that the process was falling short because it lacked a necessary element of intentionality.

“Our recommendation was for preceptors to be more purposeful before, during, and after rounds in order to accomplish effective interprofessional education,” explained Grice. “It is important to encourage interaction between students of different professions and make the learning about both the patient case and the importance of working with other professions.”

In April 2018, the task force’s findings were published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. In addition, the team developed a white paper for its AACP section to be used in the section’s library of documents as a resource for other AACP members. The group also presented its work at the 2018 AACP Annual Meeting and as part of the Collaborating Across Borders Conference, which was hosted in 2017 by both the American and Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaboratives.

“Serving the profession is part of our responsibility, but I think that sometimes we don’t fully maximize the opportunities we have to turn our work into something more significant,” said Grice. “This experience reminded me that serving on national committees and task forces allows you the opportunity to create something that can be impactful and useful for the profession.”

The group will be honored at the Experiential Education Section business meeting during the AACP Annual Meeting in Chicago this July.

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