SOURCE: Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

April 30, 2012 13:22 ET

Family Practice Medication Therapeutic Management Collaborative Program Is First of Its Kind in the U.S.

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 30, 2012) - The College of Pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., is collaborating with two clinical preceptors to create a unique Family Practice Medication Therapeutic Management (MTM) Collaborative Program.

Under the auspices of pharmacist R. Wayne Blackburn and College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice and Administration Roger Klotz, third-year College of Pharmacy student Danielle Arredondo recently started her ambulatory care rotation at Dr. Bryn Henderson's Telehealth Medical Group, a family medicine practice in Orange, Calif.

"PharmD students rotate in a family medicine practice to learn how to evaluate the medication that patients are taking," Henderson said. "I believe this is the first program of its kind in the United States."

Henderson, a former professor and assistant dean of Clinical Affairs for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) at WesternU, says this is a unique experience for him and for the student, because they learn from each other.

Before Arredondo arrives for work at Dr. Henderson's practice, she has determined her patients' medications by calling them the day before to ensure accuracy. Then Henderson, Blackburn and often a resident or two discuss the medications and the next steps for the patient.

"The university's benefit is having a broader scope of experience levels or training levels for our students," Klotz said. "The practice and the university are helping to implement collaborative practices, or accountable care organizations."

Using a medical practice to teach pharmacy students has not previously been done outside of a hospital or institution, Klotz and Henderson said.

Klotz says it's critical that students be exposed to this relationship and hands-on experience because it is what WesternU is teaching through its Interprofessional Education (IPE) program.

WesternU's IPE program brings together students from nine different disciplines in the classroom, in small group venues and in clinical experiences with patients.

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