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Experiential Learning

Our Pharmacy Practice Experience Programs (PPEPs) are delivered in collaboration with and through our pool of full-time Practice Faculty, Affiliate Faculty, and Pharmacy mentors (collectively referred to as Experiential Education Faculty).  PPEPs help our students develop knowledge from experience as well as to use knowledge to gain experience.  Creating this fundamental link between practice and knowledge helps to build core competencies plus, instill values and attitudes essential to providing patient care in the pharmacy setting.  This form of Experiential Education provides our students with the fundamental skills to prepare them for careers in healthcare administration, public policy and other areas of the healthcare arena and the profession of pharmacy.

The College of Pharmacy coordinates APPE and IPPE opportunities for students at locations in Tennessee and across the United States within regulatory guidelines developed by each state.  International opportunities are also available.  Belmont University is part of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which guides placement in most states.  Note:  PPEP placements are not currently available in North Carolina or Illinois.

PRACTICE FACULTY LOCATIONS
Practice faculty divide their time between the traditional classroom at Belmont and their community sites where they teach student pharmacists through their professional practice.

Ashton BeggsAshton Beggs, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist at Neighborhood Health in Nashville

At Neighborhood Health, I work closely with other providers to provide care to patients experiencing homelessness. My students and I interview patients regarding their medications, work with the team to identify the best steps for each patient, and provide education to the patient about their disease and medications. There are often barriers to address - literacy, health literacy, financial - and students find this experiencing both eye-opening and rewarding.

Tracy FrameTracy Frame, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist at The Next Door in Nashville

The Next Door is a non-profit organization that helps women in crisis. They provide services to women impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration. Students that come to The Next Door on rotation get to assist on the medical team by working with all patients in both the detoxification unit and the residential unit. Students work with both the pharmacy faculty member and the nurse practitioners on site by assessing patients health conditions and problems that are occurring, monitoring and adjusting therapeutic plans as needed and providing patient education classes. It can be difficult to see women in such mental, physical and spiritual pain, but is also so rewarding to see them work towards recovery and be a part of their journey!

Elisa GreeneElisa Greene, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist at Siloam Health in Nashville

Siloam is a non-profit faith based family medicine clinic aiming to provide whole-person care to patients without insurance. We serve people from over 80 different homelands and language groups, so students gain diverse cultural and medical exposures while working with an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, behavioral health consultants, social workers, pastors, and many others. Among other things, while on this rotation students gain experience managing chronic medical conditions, identifying foreign medications, finding affordable and sustainable medication options, researching physician questions, working across language and cultural barriers, and educating both patients and the clinical staff on topics of interest. More information about Siloam is available at www.siloamhealth.com

Lindsay HahnLindsay Hahn, PharmD, BCPS
Internal Medicine Pharmacist at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville

My site is located at a community based-hospital, where I round with the Internal Medicine teaching team. We round with physicians, medical residents, and medical interns and provide pharmaceutic care services to the team. These services can include medication/treatment selection, medication dosing, medication monitoring, medication reconciliation, drug information, order entry/verification, and patient counseling.

Leela KodaliLeela Kodali, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Nashville

I serve veterans at a primary care clinic North of Nashville and manage chronic disease states such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and COPD. The VA allows me to practice at the top of my license and I love being able to share that with 4th year students.

Phillip LeePhillip H. Lee, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist for Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville

At Vanderbilt I work to support Internal Medicine physicians as they take care of hospitalized patients. I help them by reviewing current medication therapy, making medication therapy recommendations, dosing medications, answering drug information questions, and counseling patients. Most of my day is spent seeing patients, writing notes in the medical record, and researching different drug therapy topics.

Michael McGuireMichael McGuire, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist at Rolling Hills Hospital in Franklin

Rolling Hills is a 120 bed behavioral health facility that provides both inpatient and outpatient services to patients with psychiatric disorders as well as substance use disorders. I see patients with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and other psychiatric conditions. As a clinical pharmacist at Rolling Hills, I attend treatment team with psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers. I am responsible for monitoring the drug therapy for the patients in the hospital and for providing patient education to patients in the hospital and in patients in the outpatient program. Students greatly enjoy my practice site because they get a significant amount of direct contact with patients and are incorporated into the treatment team.

Adam PaceAdam Pace, PharmD
Pharmacy Manager at Belmont University Pharmacy

Belmont Pharmacy provides pharmacy students a unique opportunity to learn while serving their fellow students. We are located in McWhorter Hall, the same building where pharmacy students take their classes. Undergraduate students, faculty, and staff all benefit from the care provided by our staff and students.

Condit SteilCondit F. Steil, Pharm.D., CDE, FAPhA
Clinical Pharmacist and Diabetes Educator at St. Thomas Medical Partners South Clinic

This is an ambulatory clinic that provides care to a multi-ethnic population of individuals. The clinic is staffed with physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, dietitian, social workers, nurses, and a clinical pharmacist and other nurse aides, office staff, billing and referral staff. The role of the pharmacist in the clinic centers on control of chronic diseases with a strong emphasis of diabetes care. Drug information services are of course included in the services provided by the pharmacist. The clinic is in the process of developing a diabetes self management education program with direction by the pharmacist.

Kristy WahaibKristy Wahaib, PharmD, BCPS
Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville

My practice site is at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While there, my students and I round with teams taking care of adult patients on the Internal (general) Medicine service. Teams consist of physicians, medical residents, and medical students. Our therapeutic recommendations and patient education efforts are highly valued and we are considered an integral part of this service.

Montgomery WilliamsMontgomery Williams, PharmD, BCPS
Internal Medicine/Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Williamson Medical Center

Williamson Medical Center is a small hospital with a community feel. I work primarily with the hospitalist physicians as their internal medicine pharmacist reviewing patient charts, discussing medication therapy plans with physicians, and following up with patient outcomes. I also serve as the pharmacy chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee which is a multidisciplinary team with physicians, other pharmacists, nurses and microbiology, patient safety, and IT specialists. We work together to ensure that antimicrobials are used appropriately and only when necessary in order to help combat the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance. I also serve as a preceptor for several of the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency rotations at WMC. APPE students are involved in all aspects of my practice when on rotation. They review patients and discuss recommendations with hospitalist physicians, attend and present at Antimicrobial Stewardship meetings, interact with residents, and complete admission medication histories for patients being admitted to the hospital. WMC is a great place to see all aspects of an institutional pharmacy.


Interested in becoming part of the Experiential Education Team? 
Click here to find out the benefits of being an Affiliate Faculty member.
HELPFUL LINKS:

RxPreceptor is utilized by the Office of Experiential Education to provide students information on rotation experiences and what each site/faculty member has to offer. It is also the program responsible for assigning students to rotations based on faculty availability and student preference. It may be accessed at http://academicsuiterx.com .

Pharmacist's Letter is a subscription service provided to College of Pharmacy's Affiliate Faculty free of charge. Resources available through Pharmacist's Letter include not only the monthly published Pharmacist's Letter but also the National Preceptor Database, the Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database, as well as opportunities to obtain continuing education credits online with the CE-in-the-letter service.  Pharmacist's Letter can be accessed at www.pharmacistsletter.com/?referer=belmont/ptrn.  

Student Portfolios are utilized during the Pharmacy Practice Experiences to allow students to keep track of their professional development and growth in an organized fashion. The portfolios will also be utilized during times of evaluation to identify strengths, weaknesses, and what competencies have been achieved. Portfolios may be accessed at http://rxportfolios.com/login.php .

The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy website contains useful information pertaining to licensure in the state of Tennessee. All students and experiential education faculty are expected to be familiar with the Tennessee state requirements for obtaining a pharmacist license. This site may be accessed at http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/Pharmacy/index.shtml .


MANUALS:

AFFILIATE FACULTY LIBRARY RESOURCES:

Lila D. Bunch Library Pharmacy Affiliate Faculty resource page http://belmont.libguides.com/preceptors


OFFICE OF EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Mary Lefler
Email:  mary.lefler@belmont.edu

Program Manager: Adam Stout
Email:  adam.stout@belmont.edu

Program Director: Dr. Angela Clauson
Email:  angela.clauson@belmont.edu