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Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Fall 2013 Syllabus

Tuesday 2:25-3:15 PM PB 103 OR Thursday 1-1:50 PM PB 103
Course offers 1 credit hour (U/G)

Bonnie Brown, Pharm.D.
Office: PB 102C
Phone: 940-8800
E-mail: bbrown1@butler.edu


The purpose of the course is to build upon PX 100 Health Sciences Seminar further introducing students into
the pharmacy profession early in their college career. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the professional
pharmacy school program, developing and improving communication skills, and further exploring the
pharmacy profession and available career options. This course is required of all COPHS second year, pre-
pharmacy students and first year, pharmacy transfer students.


1. Apply knowledge and skills to make appropriate decisions regarding the safe and effective use of
medications or the need for referral to other health care providers. These decisions should include
consideration of social, economic and cultural factors.
2. Find, understand, analyze, evaluate and use information to make informed and rational decisions.
3. Effectively communicate pharmaceutical and health-related information and collaborate with other
healthcare professionals to ensure the provision of quality patient care.
4. Practice independent learning and modify ideas and behaviors based on newly acquired
knowledge (Self-Learning).
5. Manage pharmacy operations including human, facilities and fiscal resources to deliver quality patient
6. Demonstrate ethical conduct in personal and professional settings and respect and exhibit
empathy for patients differences, values, and preferences (Values and Ethics)
7. Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention.


1. Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends).
2. Learning fundamentals principles, generalizations, or theories.
3. Developing specific skills, competencies and point of view needed by professionals in the field most closely
related to this course.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, 2010

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Trish Devine, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PB 203L; 940-9061

Julianne Miranda, MS
Director of eLearning, Center for Academic Technology
Informational Technology
JH 048; 940-4663

Angela Ockerman, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PB 313A; 940-8516

Darin Ramsey, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PB 203; 940-9051

Pricilla Ryder, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PB 303C; 940-8524

Carriann Smith, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PB 102A; 940-8376

Tracy Sprunger, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PB 207B; 940-6145

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Attendance and Participation 40% of total grade

Attendance, respectfulness, and participation in each class session are expected. If you are truly ill,
especially if you are contagious, please do not come to class- rather notify me prior to class and present
me with documentation signed by your healthcare provider, and you will receive an excused absence. A
death in the family is also considered an excused absence. You are still responsible for all material
covered and assignments made or collected during the excused absence. If you are absent for other
reasons, your grade will suffer and no make-up work will be considered. Ten (10) points will be deducted
for each incidence of an unexcused absence. Poor attendance may result in negative points for this
section of the total grade and failure of the course.

Interview Preparation Session: The purpose of this session is to provide guidance and advice for the
professional phase interviews that will take place later in the semester for advancement into the P1 year.
Attendance is required for this session, though a legitimate class conflict is excused, as long as I am
notified in advance of the conflict (by e-mail). Students should dress business casual for this session.

Assignments 60% of total grade

ALL assignments must be completed successfully to pass this course. Failure to successfully complete
an assignment may result in a repeated assignment, incomplete grade, or failure of class.

Grading Scale: 90% and above= A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; less than 70% =F

1. Shadowing and Related Paper Assignment

Similar to PX 100, each student enrolled in PX 200 must shadow a pharmacist during the semester however; this
year the experience may include pharmacy professionals in law, research, pharmaceutical
industry/manufacturing, medical writers, etc. The expectation this year is that the student shadow a pharmacy
professional in a different field of pharmacy than the experience from the PX 100 course.

It is expected that the student will utilize his/her own resources to identify a pharmacist to shadow and arrange a
shadowing experience at a date and time agreeable to both the pharmacist and the student. The shadowing may
be done in the Indianapolis area, or near your home. It may be done at a time agreeable to both you and the

You are required to turn in the name of the pharmacist you will shadow, the name of the pharmacy/institution, the
location of the pharmacy, and the anticipated date of your shadowing experience to me no later than September
25th. (However, your actual shadowing experience can occur any time before the end of October). You may e-
mail me this information.

This is an exploring activity. YOU MAY NOT shadow a relative, personal friend, or anyone at a pharmacy at
which you have worked.

You must spend a minimum of 3 hours with the pharmacist(s) you are shadowing. You may spend an entire
shift with them if youd like and the pharmacist is agreeable, however you must spent at least 3 hours. You must
also have that pharmacist sign the shadowing form and you need to obtain a business card from the
pharmacist you are shadowing. (If that pharmacist does not have a business card, you may get a business card
from another pharmacist/person at that institution and have the pharmacist write their name on that card as well.
Shadow assignment 20%
Medical Information Assignment 20%
Quizzes/other assignments 20%

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After shadowing, the student will write a paper detailing the experience. The paper should be 3 pages in length,
and double-spaced. I recommend that you write the paper immediately after your shadowing experience, while
the day is still fresh in your mind.

Your reflection should include the following:
An introduction indicating who you shadowed, the type of pharmacy/setting, the date shadowed, how
much time you spent there, etc.
An explanation of what that pharmacist does on an typical day
Interesting, challenging, or exciting situations encountered during your shadow experience (Must
describe at least one, may describe several)
Your impressions of the working environment (Welcoming? Clean? Conducive to confidential
conversations/sufficient amount of privacy? Relationships with co-workers, patients, etc.)
Anything that surprised you, if applicable (If nothing did, thats fine- dont include.)
Did any part of this experience particularly confirm or challenge your decision to pursue a career in
pharmacy? If so, please explain. (Provide an honest assessment, even if you did not enjoy this
experience. This may help you in the future when decided which pharmacy career path to pursue)
Conclusion: Would you like to work in this same type of position, why or why not?
A grading rubric will be posted on Moodle to see how the paper will be assessed.

You will also be expected to write a professionally worded, appropriate, legible, hand-written thank you card to the
pharmacist you shadowed. The content of the thank you card needs to be professional, personal (what you
particularly enjoyed, etc.) and it needs to be legible. The college will pay for postage and will mail the card for
you. It needs to be turned in with your paper and signed shadowing form. COPHS track the pharmacy
professionals who are kind enough to give of their time to be shadowed and we contact them for feedback.

I request that the thank you card, reflection paper, and shadowing form all be turned in within one week of
your shadowing experience. These will be accepted up thru Friday November 15

Required parts of this shadowing assignment:
Before September 25: submit the name of the pharmacist/location/anticipated date (via e-mail)
Within a week of completing your shadow experience or by November 15th turn in:
a) Business card of the person shadowed attached to shadow form, signed by pharmacist
b) Your 3 page reflective paper (double spaced)
c) Thank you card

2. Medical Information Assignment

You will be assigned a random medical information term from the common reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta
Lacks. You will research the term and provide a 1-page information sheet on the term (medication, disease state,
procedure, historical medical event, medical regulation, medical organization), that includes TWO appropriate
internet medical reference sources. We will also be discussing the terminology in class, so be prepared to explain
your term BRIEFLY in class on the date assigned. The information sheet will be collected for grading.

3. Quizzes/other assignments

Throughout the semester, I will give unannounced, random quizzes over information from previous classes.
These will be scantron based and done at the beginning of each class session (2 to 3 questions per quiz).
SCANTRON FORMS. Other homework assignments may also be given, which will account for these points as

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Course Schedule and assignment due dates

Date Lecture/Topic Lecturer DUE this class
Th 8/29
T 9/3
Course Introduction and syllabus/
assignment review
Bonnie Brown
Th 9/5
T 9/10
Professionalism Bonnie Brown
Th 9/12
T 9/17
Social Media/digital citizens in the
Julianne Miranda
Th 9/19
T 9/24
Stigmas in Healthcare Priscilla Ryder
F 9/25 ***Shadow name/site DUE***
Th 9/26
T 10/1
Religion and Healthcare Bonnie Brown
Th 10/3
T 10/8
Small group discussions regarding
clusters, studying, professional
phase/work-life balance
P4 rotation students
BU residents
Recent BU clinical faculty

Th 10/10
T 10/15
Intro DHC-Part 1 Carriann Smith
T 10/22
Th 10/24
Intro DHC-Part 2 Carriann Smith
T 10/29
Th 10/31
Henrietta Lacks and medical
Bonnie Brown Medical information
T 11/5
Th 11/7
Health Literacy Angela Ockerman
T 11/12
Th 11/14
Substance Abuse Darin Ramsey
Tracy Sprunger
assignment (11/15)
T 11/12

5:15-6:30 PM
PB 156
Gary Beaulieu
T 11/19
Th 11/21
Henrietta Lacks discussion Bonnie Brown
T 11/26
Th 11/28
T 12/3
Th 12/5
IPPE Introduction
Trish Devine
Bonnie Brown

T 12/10
Th 12/12

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ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABILITIES. It is the policy and practice of Butler University to make reasonable
accommodations for students with properly documented disabilities. Written notification from Student Disability
Services is required. If you are eligible to receive an accommodation and would like to request it for this course,
please discuss it with me and allow one week advance notice. Otherwise, it is not guaranteed that the
accommodation can be received on a timely basis. Students who have questions about Student Disability
Services or who have, or think they may have, a disability (psychiatric, attentional, learning, vision, hearing,
physical, medical, etc.) are invited to contact Student Disability Services for a confidential discussion in Jordan
Hall 136 or by phone at extension 9308.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. As student pharmacists or student physician assistants, all enrollees in
COPHS professional courses are expected to adhere to professional decorum in all activities related to this
course and the COPHS programs. As professionals, students are responsible for their own attendance,
preparedness, handling of common COPHS resources and equipment, participation, and ultimately their
performance in this course.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY. Academic dishonesty in all its manifestations is unacceptable behavior and is
inconsistent with the professional integrity necessary to be a health care practitioner. Students must be fully
aware of what constitutes academic dishonesty; claims of ignorance cannot be used to justify or rationalize
dishonest acts. Behaviors which constitute academic dishonesty are clearly described in the Professional
Conduct Code of the College which is contained in the COPHS Student Handbook and in Moodle under the
COPHS Resources section. Students in COPHS courses are expected to read and to abide by this policy. The
procedures outlined in this policy will be followed should any breach of academic integrity occur in this course.
(Faculty may want to insert additional wording regarding a specific course sanction should cheating, plagiarism or
fabrication be found to have occurred in the course)

PLAGIARISM. Plagiarism is one specific example of academic dishonesty that is often misunderstood
by students. Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and
thoughts of another author and the representation of them as ones own original work. Appropriate
paraphrasing and proper referencing are necessary to avoid plagiarism. Please refer to the COPHS
Citation Guide, available in the COPHS Resources section of Moodle, for proper referencing/citation
formats. Students in COPHS courses are expected to read these guidelines and to adhere to them in the
submission of all written assignments. All instances of plagiarism occurring in this course will be
addressed as outlined in the COPHS Professional Conduct Code.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. As a student enrolled in this course, you will have access to electronic and
printed materials which are the intellectual property of others. The distribution or presentation of these
materials, including both electronic and print formats, without appropriate citation, whether or not these
materials have registered copyrights, will be considered plagiarism which is a violation of the COPHS
Professional Conduct code. Such a Code violation will result in appropriate sanctions by the Colleges
Academic and Professional Affairs Committee. (See citation on intellectual property below).

As a part of coursework, students will be asked to demonstrate content knowledge and counseling skills
using audio and video capture via Panopto or other recording devices. This material will then be made
available to the student for self-assessment. It may also be shared with other students in the same
course and with the instructor for feedback. As a professional, it is important to understand the copyright,
intellectual property, and patient/student privacy implications of these and similar recordings:

1. The University generally owns and/or has license rights to all copyright, trademark, service
mark, patent, trade secret, and know-how rights created or developed by the faculty, staff, and
students of the University. The University does not, however, generally claim ownership to
academic work created by students. The University maintains an Intellectual Property Policy (see below).

2. Any outside use, reproduction or mixing of audio and video materials recorded by students or

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faculty as part of a course is forbidden without the express written consent of the course instructor and all
parties involved in the recording. This includes use in e-Portfolios or on social media and internet sites
such as YouTube or Facebook, etc.

For additional information on copyright and intellectual property see http://libguides.butler.edu/copyright
and http://www.butler.edu/research-scholarship/university-policies

Violation of this policy will be considered a violation of the COPHS Professional Conduct code. Such a
Code violation will result in appropriate sanctions by the Colleges Academic and Professional Affairs

All COPHS students must adhere to the computer use policies outlined under Computer Procedures and
Guidelines in the University Computing section of the Butler University Student Handbook. Students in this
course are expected to read and to abide by these policies.

It is the policy of this course that in order to fully participate and fulfill the requirements of the course, students need
to demonstrate some use of and proficiency in the utilization of computers. This includes access to and the use of
the Internet, e-mail, Moodle, MS-Word, and MS-Excel as well as others cited in the course syllabus. If you
have any concerns, call the Help Desk at 4357.

RESPECTFUL INTERACTIONS: Respect is demonstrated by being considerate, courteous and professional, and
by maintaining confidentiality of patient information. While participating in any university-related activities (e.g.,
coursework, rotations, volunteer work, etc.), it is expected that all persons affiliated with COPHS will act in a manner
that is guided by a respect for students, staff, faculty, patients and health care practitioners who may have
differences that include (but are not limited to) the following:

Religious beliefs and practices
Socioeconomic status
Racial background
Nontraditional medical beliefs and practices
Sexual orientation
Physical/emotional disabilities
Intellectual capabilities

COPHS will not tolerate incivility by any member of the College community. Examples of incivility include rude,
sarcastic, obscene, disruptive or disrespectful behavior, threats, or damage to property. Students exhibiting
uncivil behavior will be reported to the Academic and Professional Affairs Committee for possible disciplinary

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS. Butler University respects all students right to religious observance and will
reasonably accommodate students religious practice with regard to class attendance, examinations, and
assignments when requests are made in a timely manner.

Butler University recommends that each class should have a syllabus that provides a schedule of activities for the
class. It is the students responsibility to inform instructors of course conflicts resulting from religious observations
at least two weeks in advance of the observance, so that accommodations can be made. Requests must be
made in writing, and the student should include a proposed alternative due date, examination date, or make-up

The professor should review the request and if the students proposed suggestion is acceptable, he/she should
notify the student of the agreement. Any solution that is mutually agreeable to both student and faculty member is
acceptable If accommodations cannot be agreed upon, the instructor and students should
seek the advice of the associate dean in the appropriate college. No adverse or prejudicial effects will result to
students because they have made use of these provisions. Approved by the Faculty Senate, 11/06/12

USE OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES. In order to respect the learning environment of fellow

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classmates, students are expected to turn off pagers and cellular telephones while in class or class-related
activity. Acoustic devices that block the auditory canal from normal hearing are not to be worn in the classroom or
during exams. Use of laptops/tablets or technology other than for instructional use during class is inappropriate
(e.g., checking e-mail, surfing the Internet, instant messaging, etc.). Students who fail to comply may be asked to
leave the course-related activity. It may be considered an unexcused absence. If the problem is recurrent, it may
be considered unprofessional conduct.

Should a student need to be reached in an emergency, the student should direct the person needing to contact
him or her to telephone the College office (317-940-9323). In cases of emergency, the College staff will make
every effort to locate a student who is in college-related course and to transmit requested emergency information.
Disregard of this policy by a student may result in that student being asked to leave a class or course-related
activity by the instructor.

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students must be aware of the
professional demeanor befitting a pharmacist or physician assistant in the practice of their profession. Students in
the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are expected to present themselves in a manner befitting them and
the profession they represent at all times while attending class on the Butler University campus or when attending
required educational functions off campus. Clothing must be clean, not ripped or torn, and devoid of offensive
advertising or slogans. No alcohol or tobacco product names may be displayed on any apparel item such as
clothing, ball caps or backpacks. Students must always be clean and well groomed. Shoes or sandals must be
worn at all times. Hats or caps must be removed during class. Inappropriate wearing apparel includes dirty and/or
torn jeans or other clothing, crop tops, muscle shirts, tight clothing, pajamas, offensive language and/or pictures
on clothing, or clothing that exposes the midriff. Individual courses (e.g., laboratories, rotations, patient care
areas, etc.) may require a more specific dress code (e.g., wearing a lab coat, closed-toe shoes, safety mask,
professional dress attire, etc.) which comply with health, safety and professional decorum requirements for the
educational site.