Internship Activities

Internship Activities

Interns are given the opportunity to attend multiple meetings and departmental activities throughout the summer.

Journal Club

Interns are invited to attend the Department of Pharmacy journal club each week. This forum provides the interns an opportunity to participate alongside pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students completing Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) clerkships.

Intern Discussions

Weekly discussions are scheduled specifically for our summer interns. These include: preparing for residency and post-graduate training; leadership; drug information and medication safety; regulatory affairs; writing a personal philosophy and professional goals; CV preparation; interviewing; post-graduate certification.

Case Presentations and Continuing Education

Interns will be invited to attend student case presentations as well as continuing education presentations by pharmacists and pharmacy residents within our department.

Department Meetings

Each intern will be invited to attend a number of meetings in which pharmacists participate in order to increase their understanding of the role of pharmacists in various teams within the health system. These may include:

  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee
  • Medication Safety Committee
  • Intensive Care Committee
  • Administrative Meetings

Clinical Shadowing

Interns will have the opportunity to shadow pharmacists in various settings throughout the summer. Specialty areas may include:

  • Family practice clinic
  • Infectious diseases
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Critical care
  • Operating room
  • Drug information/medication safety
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Information technology
  • Contracting/drug purchasing
  • Internal medicine
  • Pediatrics/NICU

Summer Project

The interns will work together with a preceptor to complete a project during their 10 week internship. The topic will be identified early in the internship with the goals of learning necessary teamwork skills while providing valuable information to the department. The results of the project will be presented via PowerPoint to the Department of Pharmacy and other departments as deemed necessary at the end of the summer.

Examples of previous projects include:

  • Documentation of the expanded roles of decentralized and rounding pharmacists in a community teaching hospital
  • Evaluation of pharmacist intervention on interchange from intravenous to oral formulation through an approved pharmacy and therapeutics protocol
  • In-depth analysis of errors with heparin administration and documentation at a large community teaching hospital
  • Retrospective and observational study of missing and delayed medications at a large community teaching hospital
  • Evaluation of medication administration of solid dosage forms via enteral feeding tubes in a community teaching hospital
  • Evaluation of insulin utilization and management of hypoglycemic events in adults across a network of six community hospitals

The interns will also have an opportunity to submit their project as a student poster to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.