The Pharmacy Advocacy & Leadership (PAL) Rotation Gives PharmD Students a Hands-on Education in Pharmacy Policy
Jun 12, 2019 11:30 AM
The University of Utah College of Pharmacy is home to a unique educational experience, the Pharmacy Advocacy & Leadership (PAL) Rotation. We are proud to offer this distinctive rotation, as it is the only one like it offered in the United States.
The PAL rotation was developed in 2013 for fourth-year PharmD students interested in developing knowledge and skills with respect to legislative and regulatory issues that affect the practice of pharmacy in Utah and beyond. During the rotation, students work in the Utah State Capitol building alongside Senator and fellow pharmacist, Evan Vickers. Participating students have the opportunity to meet with statewide and national pharmacy advocacy groups, oversee drafted bills, attend the legislative session, referee debates, present at conferences, and much more. Check out the bottom of this article to see the PAL Rotation objectives.
The PAL rotation aids PharmD students in gaining a new perspective of the profession of pharmacy beyond clinical and community settings. Understanding the mechanics of pharmacy policy and the importance of advocating for Utah’s communities are a central focus of the PAL rotation. Not only does the rotation focus on advocacy and policy, but confidence building, interpersonal and professional communication, and leadership skills. The hands-on experience learned during the PAL Rotation are an excellent addition to the skillset of a bourgeoning pharmacist, and set the student up for success as they join the workforce after completing their PharmD degree.
For more information about the PAL Rotation or to learn how to register, email Dr. David Young, who precepts the rotation. There is only one slot available per year, so act fast if you’re interested.
Pharmacy Advocacy & Leadership (PAL) Rotation Objectives
|Describe the roles of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing and the Board of Pharmacy with respect to pharmacy practice in Utah.|
|Participate in a Board of Pharmacy meeting.|
|Describe the roles of the Utah Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and the Utah Pharmacists Association with respect to the pharmacy practice in Utah.|
|Identify current high priority issues in pharmacy practice in Utah and/or at a national level.|
|Discuss the major issues affecting pharmacists at the state level and the programs being implemented to assist pharmacists and state associations.|
|Review and analyze a current legislative or regulatory issue for its impact on pharmacy practice in Utah and/or at a national level.|
|Prepare and present the results of current legislative or regulatory issues and their impact on pharmacy practice in Utah and/or at a national level.|