International Rotations

The College provides pharmacy students with opportunities to go overseas to earn a portion of their required Health & Wellness IPPE rotation credits and Elective APPE rotation credits.

International IPPE and APPE rotations offer students the experience of working alongside practicing professionals while serving communities abroad. In doing so, they not only expand their knowledge and skills but also gain a global perspective on health care.

In conjunction with the clinical aspect of the experience, students are given opportunities to broaden their understanding of a given region by learning about traditional approaches to medicine and exploring historical and cultural sites.

The programs listed below have all been recently offered by the College. Please check with the Office of Global Initiatives to determine which of these (or new) programs will be offered in the current academic year.

Health & Wellness IPPE | Cambodia

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Location: Battambang, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Credit:1 week Health & Wellness IPPE Rotation or B.S. Capstone
  • Preceptor: Jessica DiLorenzo (ACPHS)
  • Eligibility: P1 & 3rd Year B.S. students
  • Accommodations: Organized by ACPHS and included in program fee

Research APPE | Brazil

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Location: Ribeirão Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Credit: Six (6) week elective APPE Rotation
  • Preceptors: Dr. Norberto Lopes (natural products chemistry); Dr. Giuliano Clososki (natural products synthesis/modification)
  • Eligibility: P3 students with a GPA of 2.5 or above may apply to participate during their P4 year
  • Accommodations: Participant is responsible for securing accommodations - preceptor is available to assist

Rotation Activities

  • Gain experience with natural product research processes such as gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy and specific techniques for specialized lap equipment
  • Serve as a lab research assistant to international scientists visiting for the purpose of utilizing Sao Paulo University’s specialized lab equipment 
  • Provide English assistance through editing abstracts for local researchers 
  • Observe experiments led by preceptors, local researchers, and international scientists involving a wide variety of plant and insect research

Clinical & Hospital Pharmacy APPE | China

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Location: Shanghai, China
Credits: Six (6) week elective APPE Rotation
Preceptor: Dr. WeiMin Cai (Fudan University)
Eligibility: P3 students with a GPA of 2.5 or above may apply to participate during their P4 year
Accommodations: International Student Dormitory at Fudan University

From attending classes and research programs at Fudan University’s world renown School of Pharmacy to working at Shanghai’s top hospitals, your time in China will help you develop into a multi-faceted healthcare professional.

Rotation Activities

School of Pharmacy

  • Observe pharmacogenomics research
  • Tour the traditional Chinese medicine museum
  • Visit global and local companies in “Pharma Valley”

Hospital Pharmacy

  • Practice compounding, production, and sterile product preparation
  • Assist with inpatient, outpatient, and ICU
  • Participate in clinical pharmacy and collaborative patient care
  • Learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC)
  • Work at top medical centers such as ZhongShan and HuaShan hospitals as well as Cancer and Children's specialty hospitals

Clinical Pharmacy APPE | Guatemala

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Location: Nueva Santa Rosa or San Raymundo, Guatemala (1.5 weeks) & Milton, Vermont (4.5 weeks)
Credits: Six (6) week elective APPE Rotation
Preceptor: Dr. Giselle D'Epiro (ACPHS-Vermont)
Eligibility: P3 students with a GPA of 2.5 or above may apply to participate during their P4 year
Accommodations: Housing is provided in Guatemala. Participant is responsible for accommodations in Vermont.

Rotation Activities

Clinical pharmacy during medical mission in Guatemala (1.5 weeks)

  • Expose yourself to the Spanish language
  • Familiarize yourself with the drug formulary and ordering process
  • Attend mission team preparation meetings
  • Gain valuable patient care experience
  • Deepen your knowledge of the health issues of Guatemala
  • Become part of a clinical team that sees 500 patients a day
  • Organize and set up a health clinic
  • Perform the primary roles of triage/vitals and pharmacy dispensing
  • Overcome communication barriers such as language and illiteracy to provide medicinal instruction
  • Treat a variety of illnesses, most commonly gastro-intestinal complaints (GERD, gastritis), arthritis, skin rashes, malnutrition, and upper respiratory infection
  • Experience different types of clinics which may include, recalls, women’s health, dental, general health, pediatrics, and/or surgical procedures

Ambulatory Care at Milton Family Practice in Vermont (4.5 weeks)

  • Field drug information questions
  • Facilitate patient education
  • Conduct population based management

Ambulatory Care APPE | Italy

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Location: Aviano, Italy
Credits: Six (6) week Elective APPE Rotation
Preceptor: Captain Sang Ngo (Aviano Air Base)
Accommodations: Participant is responsible for securing accommodations - preceptor is available to assist
Eligibility: P3 students with a GPA of 2.5 or above may apply to participate during their P4 year

Rotation Activities

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Function Audits, Reviews, and Process Improvements

  • Overhaul inpatient pharmacy formulary and ensure that all necessary medications are on hand
  • Research medication usage and suggest changes to authorized drug lists for Flight Medicine, MSU, Anesthesia, and Same Day Surgery
  • Research nonformulary medication utilization and draft DD Form 2081 New Drug Addition forms
  • Review DOD Pharmacoeconomic Center Basic Core Formulary and coordinate with pharmacy logistics to ensure that required medications are appropriately stocked in the pharmacy

Outpatient pharmacy

  • Fill outpatient prescriptions using the PHARMASSIST system
  • Counsel patients on outpatient medications
  • Research oral contraceptive brand names and update CHCS drug files in order to make provider medication searches faster and more accurate
  • Communicate with other healthcare providers for order clarifications and PRP clearances

Inpatient pharmacy

  • Dispense discharge medications and ensure proper medication reconciliation
  • Verify inpatient orders (with pharmacist oversight)
  • Compound  sterile admixtures for infants and adults (Epi, gentamycin, ampicillin)

Pharmacy Administration

  • Maintain drug files by updating medication nomenclature
  • Research and submit Patient Safety Reports
  • Conduct Pyxis audits to manage expired & controlled medications, ensure that orders are being verified by the appropriate personel, and identify/remove medications that are not on authorized drug lists
  • Update dental CHCS provider files to ensure designation of proper prescribing rights
  • Reformat the pharmacy transfer form to eliminate patient/pharmacy confusion
  • Research causality of erroneous CHCS clinical screenings and update medication files to prevent future false alerts 

Training

  • Complete training requirements for in & out processing activities and obtain a Network Access Card
  • Participate in Team STEPPS training
  • Attend Pro-staff and Medical Group Commander’s call
  • Complete/present 5 patient cases & 5 new drug presentations
  • Participate in/observe a mass prophylaxis point of dispensing exercise

Clinical & Hospital Pharmacy APPE | Japan

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Affiliate: Showa University
Credits: Six (6) week Elective APPE Rotation
Preceptor: Dr. Hiroyuki Itabe (Showa University)
Accommodations: International Student Housing at Showa University
Eligibility: P3 students with a GPA of 2.5 or above may apply to participate during their P4 year

Your time at Showa University will expand your knowledge of Japanese culture, lifestyle, and health care.

Rotation Activities

  • Attend classes, labs, and lectures at Showa University alongside Japanese students
  • Gain a cultural understanding of Japan by participating in Showa University’s excursions created specifically for international students
  • Visit Japanese health care institutions including hospitals, community & traditional medicine pharmacies, an herbal medicine museum, etc.
  • Assist local students with their language abilities through “English salons”

Clinical & Hospital Pharmacy APPE | South Korea

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Location: Seoul, South Korea 
Affiliate: Ewha Womans University
Credits: Six (6) week Elective APPE Rotation 
Preceptor: Dr. Sandy Rhie (Ewha Womans University)
Accommodations: Site offers housing
Eligibility: P3 students with a GPA of 2.5 or above may apply to participate during their P4 year

Through your clinical experience focusing on pharmacy operation and management at EWHA Womans University you will gain an understanding of the Korean health care system. Your rotation will be tailored to your specific interests by the preceptor. 

Rotation Activities

  • Prepare and dispense medications to hospitalized and discharged patients
  • Interpret hospital guidelines to increase compliance
  • Manage patients’ drug information
  • Assist in the development of Department of Pharmacy Projects such as the development of clinical protocols, drug-specific guidelines, and newsletters
  • Gain an understanding of IV to PO switch programs
  • Learn to accurately apply pharmacokinetic principles to patient care
  • Support local healthcare professionals by interpreting laboratory data
  • Evaluate and report adverse drug reactions
  • Practice pain management
  • Visit Korean healthcare institutions including Mokdong Hospital, Asan Medical Center, Seoul
  • Community Pharmacies, National Cancer Center, etc.

Research APPE | Switzerland

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Location: Basel, Switzerland 
Affiliate: University of Basel
Credits: 12 weeks - 2 Elective APPE Rotations
Preceptor: Dr. Jürgen Muser (University of Basel)
Accommodations: Universitätsspital Basel Hostel
Eligibility: P3 students with a GPA of 2.5 or above may apply to participate during their P4 year

Rotation Activities

You will devote roughly 75% of your time to your research project during which time you will:

  • Train in the “pharmaceutical capital of the world,” Basel, Switzerland
  • Conduct research at either the University Hospital or Bruderholz Hospital
  • Present and potentially publishing your findings

You will expand your knowledge of pharmacy by devoting roughly 25% of your time to pharmacy related outings to:

  • Tour the Pharmacy History Museum
  • Visit the Medical Heroin Clinic (JANUS)
  • Engage in independent community, hospital, and homeopathic/plant-based pharmacy practice
  • Spend time at some of Basel’s allopathic, homeopathic and plant based pharmaceutical research & development companies

Throughout the 12 weeks, substantial time to explore Europe will be built into the schedule.

Contact Us

Jessica DiLorenzo
Director of Global Initiatives
Primary Designated School Official (PDSO)
Student Center 207E
518.694.7207
Jessica.DiLorenzo@acphs.edu