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Advising & Co-Curricular Engagement

We believe that building authentic relationships with faculty mentors and professional advisors are critical components to a student pharmacist’s development.

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) professional advising and faculty mentorship support model is designed to ensure each student pharmacist successfully progresses through the curriculum and receives appropriate support, advising and mentoring. Faculty still serve as mentors and resources for students on an informal basis.

Who is my advisor?

Spokane

Last names A-L
Sarah Kenney
Last names M-Z
Lacy Christison

 

Yakima

Samantha Volk

PY4 Students

Tracy Durbin

 

Getting the Most Out of Advising

Doctor of Pharmacy students have the benefit of having their own academic and student success advisor to answer questions, help solve problems and generally support students while they navigate their academic life at WSU.  Advisors help students navigate their Cougar pharmacy experience, including but not limited to:

  • Registering for courses
  • Understanding policies and procedures
  • Exploring scholarship and financial aid information
  • Finding support in all forms across the university
  • Learning about co-curricular opportunities and expectations
  • Practicing interview skills
  • Examining career options
  • Completing job applications
  • Anything to help and support you as a student pharmacist!

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic and student success advisor as often as they’d like; drop-ins are available as well as appointments. PY1-3 student appointments can be scheduled via Handshake, PY4 students should reach out directly to their advisor. Students are required to meet with an advisor once each year to discuss their continuous professional development plan and co-curricular requirements for the year.

 

PharmD Course Schedule
Class of: 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023 | 2024

 

PY1-3 Required Advising

PY1-PY3 students are required to meet with their academic and student success advisor each spring to discuss how they are doing in the program, review their Academic Advisement Report, go over their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) plan and co-curricular activities, and discuss further opportunities to help them grow as professional student pharmacists.

How do I need to prepare?

Prior to spring advising you will maintain and complete your CPD plan in E*Value, which includes your co-curricular activities, required reflections and assessments, and an updated CV.

Please come prepared to discuss your CPD and co-curricular activities, as well as your Academic Advisement Report (found in your myWSU), elective completion, and any other questions you have/ topics you would like to discuss

Where can I find requirements and guidelines for the CPD and co-curricular activities?

You can find CPD and co-curricular requirements according to your year, along with descriptions of the co-curricular areas and example activities, under Co-curricular Areas, Expectations & Examples below.

I’m confused on some of the requirements and am unsure of a certain activity can count – what should I do?

If you have any questions after reading through the this webpage and its materials, reach out to your advisor!

When and how do I schedule my spring advising appointment?

You will be able to schedule your spring advising appointment near the start of the spring semester and will be provided a deadline in which you must have completed your spring advising appointment and CPD/Co-curricular activities by. You will schedule your spring advising appointment on Handshake  with your academic and student success advisor. It is recommended that you secure a date early, even if not finished with your CPD and co-curricular requirements, so that you have a timeline in which to complete them by. Please keep in mind that you may be asked to make corrections on some of your CPD items and/or co-curricular activities.

All CPD and co-curricular requirements must be completed in E*Value one week before your appointment. If all of the materials have not been submitted within this time frame, the appointment will be cancelled and you will need to reschedule the appointment when all work is complete.

What if I don’t have my CPD, co-curricular activities, and spring advising appointment completed by the deadline?

Students who fail to complete their CPD/co-curricular activities and satisfy the spring advising requirement will not have the advising milestone cleared from their record, which can delay course registration.

PY4 Required Advising

PY4 students are required to make an appointment with the advisor and coordinator in Experiential Services sometime throughout the academic year. This is to discuss how they are doing during PY4/on APPE rotations, go over and discuss their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Plan and Continuing Education (CE) activities, and explore further opportunities to help them grow as professional student pharmacists nearing graduation.

How do I need to prepare?

Prior to advising you will maintain and complete your CPD plan in E*Value, which includes your CE activities, required reflections and assessments, and an updated CV.

Where can I find requirements and guidelines for the CPD and CE activities?

You can find the PY4 CPD and CE requirements, along with a description and example activities of CE, under PY4 CPD and Continuing Education Requirements below.

I’m confused on some of the requirements and am unsure of a certain activity can count – what should I do?

If you have any questions after reading through the this webpage and its materials, reach out to your advisor!

When and how do I schedule my advising appointment?

You will be able to schedule your advising appointment anytime during your PY4 year, as long as all CPD and CE activities are completed in E*Value. Your advisor will send out instructions via email on how to schedule your appointment. Students who are unable to come to their home campus for advising may meet with their advisor electronically (e.g. Zoom, Skype, telephone).

What if I don’t have my CPD, CE activities, and advising appointment completed by the end of my PY4 year?

PY4 students who fail to complete their CPD and satisfy the annual advising requirement will result in delay of graduation verification (including verification of internship hours) to any state board of pharmacy.

Making an Advising Appointment via Handshake

PY1-3 students can make their advising appointments via handshake. PY4 students are encouraged to reach out directly to their advisor.

When you log in to Handshake, select Career Center in the upper right corner of the screen.

Select the “Appointments” button.

Select the blue “Schedule A New Appointment” button.

Co-curricular Areas, Expectations & Examples

PY1-3 student pharmacists are expected to engage in a specific number of high-quality co-curricular activities and to reflect on these experiences as part of mandatory academic advising during each spring semester.

What can count as a co-curricular activity?

  1. It is not an expectation and/or a requirement for a course.
  2. It relates to the co-curricular area for which you are hoping to use the activity.
  3. You can articulate how the activity enhances your development as a student pharmacist.
  4. The activity has occurred during the didactic year for which you are hoping to use it for.

For each curricular area, a definition of the area, examples of accepted activities and the associated student learning outcomes are provided below.

Please note: The examples provided for each area below do not encompass an exhaustive list or depict what activities you must engage in. They are provided to help you get an idea of what type activities you might engage in for a particular area. If you are unsure if an activity can count/what to engage in after reading the guidelines presented above and about each co-curricular area, please reach out to your advisor.

Public Health

In this area student pharmacists present health and wellness information, participate in community service that is directly related to support public wellness using strategies that respect individual patient needs, including culture and educational level.  These activities may include assessing, advising and monitoring individual patient’s health or monitoring disease progression.  Students advocate for patients by suggesting appropriate therapy as appropriate with other members of or aspects within the health care system.  (Associated Student Learning Outcomes: 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F, 4A, 4C, 4D)

Example activities include:

  • Students interacting directly with members of the community to positively impact wellness by providing health information or related service.
  • Suicide prevention poster presentation
  • OTC Medication safety
  • Stroke prevention
  • Smoking prevention
  • Providing care for underserved patients in the community
  • Work as an intern (paid or volunteer—cannot be an IPPE)
  • Providing direct patient care through education and screening.
  • Disease risk assessment (hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, HIV, cholesterol)
  • Disease prevention (vaccination outreaches)
  • Brown Bag events

Professional Development

Student pharmacists identify career interests and passions in addition to developing personal and professional strengths through interactions with pharmacists and other health care providers.  Through this domain, students should engage in activities that focus on exploration of the profession or personal professional development. (Associated Student Learning Outcomes: 3D, 3E, 3F, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D)

Example activities include:

  • Career Seminar Series presentation attendance
  • Active participation and engagement in professional student organizations (membership alone is insufficient)
  • Career Fair attendance
  • Local, regional, and national meeting attendance
  • Attendance at seminars focused on community health topics, professional development or personal enrichment.
  • Interaction with a professional mentor, such as through the Fred Meyer Alumni-Student Mentor Program
  • Participation in the research honors program
  • Live CE programing
  • Counseling competition
  • Clinical skills competition
  • Compounding competition
  • Running for a leadership position locally, regionally or nationally
  • Legislative day participation

Leadership and Innovation

Student pharmacists engage in activities that allow for the expansion of leadership skills by working collaboratively with others to innovatively address problems, accomplish common goals, or engage in research and scholarship. Students must show that they have made a substantive creative contribution to the development or communication of a project or service either in collaboration with or having an impact on others. (Associated Student Learning Outcomes: 3A, 3D, 3F, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D)

Example activities include:

  • Hold a leadership position in a professional or student focused organization
  • Demonstrate impact through service on a college, university or professional organization committee
  • Involvement as a representative on the Pharmacy Student Advisory Council
  • Participation with a research project
  • Dissemination of findings from a research or scholarship (poster or presentation)
  • Implementation of a new or novel solution
  • Creation of a business plan
  • Creation of new knowledge
  • Organizing outreach programming or activities

CPD and Co-Curricular/Continuing Education
Requirements by Academic Year

PY1 CPD and Co-Curricular Requirements

Below you will find a condensed list of the PY1 CPD and co-curricular requirements. Please download and save the PY1 CPD and Co-Curricular Requirements PDF for further details (reflections questions and rubric, guidelines, parameters, etc.). You will complete these requirements in full in E*Value:

  • Updated CV
  • Confidence Assessment
  • Overall Development as a Professional Student Reflection
  • Three co-curricular activities and corresponding reflections for each area:
    • One Public Health activity
    • Two Professional Development activities

As a PY1, co-curricular activities may start to count once you are an active PY1 student (i.e. have started coursework in August) in the PharmD Program and up to one week before your PY1 Advising Appointment in the spring semester.

From a development perspective, the first academic year is focused on the following question: Who am I as a professional student pharmacist? To that end, students will be required to participate in three co-curricular activities during the academic year that focus on problem solving, communication, self-awareness and professionalism, then reflect on the value of those experiences through structured reflection. (Student Learning Outcomes: 3A, 3F, 4A, 4D)

PY2 CPD and Co-Curricular Requirements

  1. Below you will find a condensed list of the PY2 CPD and co-curricular requirement. Please download and save the PY2 CPD and Co-Curricular Requirements PDF for further details (reflections questions and rubric, guidelines, parameters, etc.). You will complete these requirements in full in E*Value:
    • Updated CV
    • Confidence Assessment
    • Overall Development as a Professional Student Reflection
    • Four co-curricular activities and corresponding reflections for each area:
      • Two Public Health activities
      • Two Professional Development activities

    As a PY2, co-curricular activities may start to count once the Spring semester of your PY1 academic year has officially ended (last day of the term has passed in April/May) and up to one week before your PY2 Advising Appointment in the spring semester.

    The second academic year focus is on: Who am I as a health care provider? To that end, students will be required to participate in four co-curricular activities during the year with a focus on interprofessional collaboration, demonstration of cultural sensitivity, communication, self-awareness, leadership and professionalism, then reflect on the value of those experiences through structured reflection.  (Student Learning Outcomes: 3D, 3E, 3F, 4A, 4B, 4D)

PY3 CPD and Co-Curricular Requirements

Below you will find a condensed list of the PY3 CPD and co-curricular requirement. Please download and save the PY3 CPD and Co-Curricular Requirements PDF for further details (reflections questions and rubric, guidelines, parameters, etc.). You will complete these requirements in full in E*Value:

  • Updated CV
  • Confidence Assessment
  • Overall Development as a Professional Student Reflection
  • Five co-curricular activities and corresponding reflections for each area:
    • Two Public Health activities
    • Two Professional Development activities
    • One Leadership and Innovation activity

As a PY3, co-curricular activities may start to count once the Spring semester of your PY2 academic year has officially ended (last day of the term has passed in April/May) and up to one week before your PY3 Advising Appointment in the spring semester.

The third academic year is designed to allow students to answer the question; Who am I as an innovative individual who serves to meet the needs of the community? To that end, students will be required to participate in at least five co-curricular activities during the year that focus on education, patient advocacy, cultural sensitivity, self-awareness, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship and professionalism, then reflect on the value of those experiences through structured reflection.  (Student Learning Outcomes: 3B, 3C, 3E, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D)

PY4 CPD and Continuing Education Requirements

Below you will find a condensed list of the PY4 CPD and continuing education requirements. Please download and save the PY4 CPD and CE Requirements PDF for further details (reflections questions and rubric, guidelines, parameters, etc.). You will complete these requirements in full in E*Value:

  • Updated CV
  • Confidence Assessment
  • Overall Development as a Professional Student Reflection
  • Five hours of Continuing Education (CE)
    • During the PY4 year student pharmacists will be expected to complete five hours of Continuing Education (CE). The CE activities you engage in should focus on self-awareness, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship and professionalism. CE can be completed in your geographic location or virtually, or through association meetings. This is to help transition you to the completion of CE requirements needed for annual licensure once a professional pharmacist and to ensure you are actively engaged in lifelong learning. Example activities include:
      • Live conference CE provided through a professional organization
      • Webinars provided through a professional organization
      • Career seminar series presentations
      • Grand rounds, topic presentations or lunch and learn sessions provided at APPE practice sites
      • Campus provided lunch and learn sessions
      • Guest speakers who are sponsored by a registered student organization
      • Guest speakers or professional development events on campus
      • Professional development provided by local organizations or foundations that are available to the community (examples – NAMI, Toast Masters, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association)
      • Attend the live NAPLEX review sessions offered twice a month
    • What can count as a CE activity?
      • It should not be a rotation requirement – it should instead be an additional activity in which you engage outside of those requirements. For example, your preceptor may require you to attend a presentation–this would not be considered. However, if an opportunity is pointed out to you (by the institution, your preceptor, and organization you belong to, etc.) and you attend or participate for your own interest, that is considered a valid submission. These can be in-person or online. Please see the link above for a more comprehensive outline of what is suggested.
      • It relates to the purpose of the PY4 Continuing Education requirement.
      • You are able to articulate how the activity enhances your development as a student pharmacist.
      • The activity has occurred during the program year for which you are hoping to use it for. For PY4, activities may start to count once the Spring semester of your PY3 academic year has officially ended (last day of the term has passed in April/May) and by the time of your PY4 academic advising appointment.

 

The fourth academic year is designed to allow students to answer the question; How can I advance practice as a pharmacist to meet the needs of the community? To that end, students will be required to participate in at least five hours of Professional Development through CE or professional presentations during the year that focus on self-awareness, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship and professionalism, then reflect on the value of those experiences through structured reflection.  (Student Learning Outcomes: 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D)