Clinical Partners Program

Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Postgraduate (e.g., residency, fellowship)
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Other
Other Element(s): 
Teaching precepting students, research/scholarship
Program Description: 

The Clinical Partners Program serves as a model ambulatory care pharmacy practice site which facilitates student experiences in various clinic activities.  Since 1996, Clinical Partners has been an active teaching site for students and ambulatory/community pharmacy residents, and has provided opportunities for research to improve patient care.  The specific objectives of the clinic are to: 1) Develop a patient-focused model practice based on the principles of pharmaceutical care, 2) Establish an active learning environment for students and practitioners, and 3) Serve as an arena for applied research in ambulatory/community pharmacy practice.  The rationale for this practice site included a strong desire to develop a prototype pharmacy clinic where students and residents could acquire the necessary skills about direct patient care and reimbursement strategies to support clinical services using real world business principles.

The program also offers opportunities for more advanced students. Third and fourth year students can participate in one-month or longitudinal rotations in pharmacy or ambulatory care in addition to independent studies during their second through fourth years of pharmacy education. The Clinical Partners Program also encourages student participation in several activities including wellness screenings, educational presentations to patients, direct patient care in various therapeutic areas, and activities pertaining to management, research, and drug information.

In addition to students, the Clinical Partners Program hosts pharmacy residents  who spend 50-60% of their time in patient care within the practice sites, 20% of their time teaching (classroom and clinical precepting), and the remainder of their time in scholarship and service activities.

Clinical Partners serves an accredited pharmacy residency site through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association.

Evaluated: 
Yes
Targeted Professions
Pharmacy: 
Ambulatory Care
Internal Medicine
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Risk identification
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Team leadership
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Business models for patient-centered integrated care
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.

 

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