The Office of Experiential Learning coordinates and manages all aspects of experiential education for the School. The Experiential Learning Program (ELP) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, in which students learn and refine their patient care and pharmacy practice skills in a variety of actual practice sites, consists of a progressive set of experiences that prepares a student to practice as a generalist who is competent to provide primary pharmaceutical care. The strength of the ELP is grounded on the multitude and diversity of available sites and the involvement of preceptors dedicated to the educational mission of the school who want to contribute to the development of the next generation of pharmacy practitioners.
The Experiential Learning Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy is a critical component of the students’ pharmacy education, accounting for approximately one-third of the entire curriculum. To accomplish this, the School has affiliations with over 1000 preceptors in sites both local and distant from the School. Sites include, but are not limited to, hospitals, community pharmacies, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical industry companies, and even international locations. The chart below illustrates the focus of experiential learning in each year of the professional program.Chart