2019 IPPE Site of the Year

The OregonState University Student Health Services Pharmacy is located in the Plageman building on the OSU  campus in Corvallis. The pharmacy fills prescriptions primarily for students (primarily ages 17-24 but ranging up to 65  years old), but also for faculty who use the travel clinic. We offer immunizations; contraception management, including prescribing birth control; medication therapy management for certain disease states, including direct observation  therapy for latent TB patients and travel consults. The pharmacy fills an average of 150 prescriptions per day. The  pharmacy staff includes 6 pharmacists (including a clinical pharmacist and a resident), 4 technicians, and 11 student  technical assistants. The pharmacy is the site for the OSU PGY1 community-based pharmacy residency program and typically has 8 IPPE pharmacy students per year rotate through. Areas of focus include: acute care, mental health, contraception, immunizations, travel medications and latent TB therapy.

Students will collaborate and/or interact with the clinical pharmacist, other clinicians (MD, PA, NP), nursing and other medical staff in our clinic. The pharmacy has multiple collaborative agreements allowing pharmacists to practice at the top of their license and test out new innovative services (i.e. pharmacy medical billing, prescribing from the Oregon formulary of drugs and devices that pharmacists may prescribe and dispense to patients under specified conditions). Students may have the opportunity to attend other clinic meetings or shadow a clinician.


Students will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of community pharmacy including: assisting with filling prescriptions and billing insurances; counseling on prescription and OTC medications; meeting with patients for ambulatory care services, including latent TB therapy, contraception and travel consults; and business management. Approximately 85% of the prescriptions filled in our pharmacy are new prescriptions (vs. only 30% in a typical community setting), so this is a great opportunity to hone counseling skills. Students will attend weekly clinician meetings, deliver a presentation to pharmacy clinic staff, publish one pharmacy newsletter article to our clinicians, and give one journal club presentation.

Administrative – Non-Patient Care Experience

Students will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the business of operating a community pharmacy including: operations, personnel management, purchasing/inventory control, financial management, marketing/strategic planning, and quality/CQI. Examples of projects for this rotation may include: Establishing, developing, and/or refining policies/procedures within the department; Assuring that pharmacy operations comply with accreditation standards and all local, state and federal laws and regulations; Assisting with recruitment, interview, selection, and hire and on-boarding/training of new and established personnel; Assuring pharmacy is maintaining a system of inventory control that maximizes turnover, while assuring adequate inventory levels; Reviewing and evaluating an operation budget; Planning for effective advertising, merchandising, and marketing of goods and services; Developing strategies to increase teamwork and empower employees.

Ambulatory Care

Students will participate in direct patient care opportunities through clinical pharmacy appointments. Currently at OSU Student Health Services this includes contraceptive management, both new starts and refills, medication therapy management for certain disease states, including direct observation therapy for latent TB patients, and travel consults. Early in 2019 however, the types of clinical services offered will include: anti-coagulation, mental health follow-up, PREP, and URI with more services being added on an ongoing basis.

Indirect patient care learning opportunities will come from/through:

  • The formulation of responses to drug information questions from providers in the clinic
  • Developing/updating/maintaining pharmacy protocols and or collaborative agreements, including training and instruction on said protocols/agreements
  • Creation/delivery of presentation to pharmacy or clinic staff and/or publishing of one pharmacy newsletter article to our clinicians
  • Giving one journal club presentation

Students will have the opportunity to develop interprofessional collaboration skills through the multidisciplinary team nature found with Student Health Services.

Participate in the provision of community pharmacy services for any patient receiving clinical pharmacy services, including assisting with filling prescriptions, billing insurances and counseling on prescription and OTC medications.