New model of student-pharmacist-led interdisciplinary teaching succeeds

A student-pharmacist-led, California statewide teaching program for physicians, medical students, and other health care providers is successfully demonstrating the importance of health policy literacy and interprofessional education at a time in the U.S. that begs for systemic reforms. "At this point, we really have no choice but to look for team-based collaborations," said Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member. "We often pay lip service to the importance of interprofessional education. Our peer-to-peer Part D lecture delivers the goods."

The lecture is a component of a larger program, called Partners in D, that is led by the UCSF School of Pharmacy in partnership with 6 other pharmacy schools in California. Partners in D is funded by a $3.7 million grant from the Amgen Foundation.

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About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.