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 Touro University California College of Pharmacy

College of Pharmacy Didactic Electives

 

This listing is updated as of Feburary 10, 2022

Students must complete four didactic elective units before progressing to their third year. Elective course offerings may vary from year to year based on faculty availability, student interests, and addition of new courses that reflect program needs. Student pharmacists are eligible to take some elective courses offered by other colleges (e.g. College of Medicine; Public Health Program of the College of Education and Health Sciences, listed below as IPEC and OPCC courses). Unless otherwise stated, most didactic elective courses are 1 credit hour, with grading on a pass/fail basis.

To enroll in a didactic electives offered by the College of Pharmacy (courses with “PRMC” preceding course number) , please complete an add/drop form  and submit it to the course coordinator(s) of the course you wish to enroll in (1 form per course you wish to enroll in).

  • PRMC-630 - Acute Care (Spring 2022)
  • PRMC-639A/B - Contemporary Topics in Pharmacy Management (Spring 2022)
  • PRMC-638 - Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) (Fall 2021)
  • PRMC-633A - Pharmacy Calculations (Fall 2021)
  • PRMC-633B - Pharmacy Calculations (Spring 2022)
  • PRMC-632 - Residency & Post-Graduate Training Preparation (Fall 2021)

To enroll in didactic electives offered by other programs (courses with IPEC or OPCC) please complete the attached elective form and submit it to the course coordinator(s) of the course you wish to enroll in (1 form per course you wish to enroll in).

  • OPCC-670 - Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coaching (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)
  • IPEC-673 - Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)
  • IPEC-692 - Global Wellness (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)
  • IPEC-650 - LGBTQIA & Considerations in HealthCare (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)
  • IPEC-690 - Pathways to Success (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

For more information about course content and scheduling, please contact the course coordinator(s).


ACUTE CARE

(PRMC-630) - Spring 2022

COURSE COORDINATORS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the Acute Care Elective is to provide students with advanced topics, training, and skills in preparation for acute care learning experiences. Each class will explore a subject that overlaps and intersects common populations and problems in the acute care setting.  Additionally, the format of each class (below) is organized to emphasize fundamental activities (e.g. Journal Club, Case Conference) required for success on rotation.

Please follow this link for a draft of the lecture schedule.

2 unit course.

Note: Open to P2s only

 

BREASTFEEDING AND HUMAN LACTATION

(IPEC-652) – Spring 2022

COURSE COORDINATOR:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This elective course provides an opportunity for TUCA students to learn the evidence-based practices in breastfeeding management, support and lactation. This elective will cover the basics of human lactation including the benefits of breastfeeding, the anatomy and physiology of lactation, breastfeeding for the prevention of chronic disease, as well as policies and laws to promote breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is simultaneously a risk reduction and a health promotion strategy for children and women. This elective is a 12-hour class that involves didactic sessions, interprofessional group work, as well as hands-on opportunities to learn how to support breastfeeding in the hospital, clinic, and community setting. Medical providers trained in breastfeeding management has shown to be effective at improving breastfeeding rates and improving initiation and duration of breastfeeding.  Further, it has been shown to be cost-effective; hence, it has become a mandated covered benefit for people with Medicare and Medi-Cal. The Lactation Education training will occur over 12 hours of both synchronous and hands-on interprofessional group content.

This is a 1 credit hour course.

Note: Open to all students.

 

CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN PHARMACY MANAGEMENT

(PRMC-639 A/B) - Spring 2022

COURSE COORDINATOR:

This course is aimed to leverage initial knowledge gained from PRMC 603 and potentially other Track 3 courses into a greater understanding of managerial processes that optimize not only the manager’s performance, but also that which facilitate greater performance of pharmacy personnel. The course will involve co-authoring Pharmacy Management Tips of the Week in Pharmacy Times; literature retrieval, review, and analysis; and group discussions. Students selected the 1-credit option (PRMC-639A) will engage in discussions and author 5 Management Tips; those selecting the 2-credit option (PRMC-639B) will engage in discussion, author 8 Management Tips, and write a summative term paper. 

There is limited enrollment capacity for this course so please contact Dr. Desselle directly at sdessell@touro.edu if you are interested. 

1 unit (PRMC 639A) and 2 unit (PRMC 639B) options available for this course

Note: Open to P1s and P2s

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM LIFESTYLE COACHING

(OPCC-670) - Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

COURSE CO-COORDINATORS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This elective course provides an opportunity for TUCA students to learn evidence-based practices in health coaching.  The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a well-known national program that works with people at risk for type 2 diabetes and works with them on a year long program focused on lifestyle modifications.  This elective is a 12-hour class time that involves interprofessional group work and team-based coaching that will lead to a certificate of completion in the CDC Lifestyle Coaching Program.  Completion of this program makes the candidate eligible to lead the National Diabetes Prevention Program in the community.  This program has been shown to be effective in research and community settings.  Further, it has been shown to be cost-effective; hence, it has become a mandated covered benefit for people with Medicare and MediCAL.

The goal of this course series is to guide students in working with an interprofessional team and to take a multidisciplinary approach in exploring the prevention of diabetes, helping people navigate health behavioral change.

The Lifestyle Coach training will occur every month during the ECE (Early Clinical Exposure) time.  Candidates who start a series will need to complete that specific series to get credit for the elective.  The exact schedule for training depends on the cohort in which students are enrolled.

This is a 1 credit hour course.

Note: Open to all students.

FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION & LIFESTYLE MEDICINE

(IPEC-673) - Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

COURSE CO-COORDINATOR:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This elective will provide osteopathic students with a foundation in the application of nutrition science in the clinical setting.  The course will comprise seven (7) sessions and include an introduction to diet trends, explore the intersection of nutrition and chronic disease and build student confidence in incorporating evidence-based nutrition and other lifestyle practices into a patient encounter.  The elective is designed to include a combination of traditional and team-based classroom learning as well as experiential activities comprising food demos/preparation and campus community engagement.

This is a 1 credit hour course.

Note: Open to all students.

GLOBAL WELLNESS

(IPEC-692) - Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

COURSE CO-COORDINATOR:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This elective brings together the disciplines of psychology, philosophy, integrative medicine (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine), and behavioral change science to teach the simple, yet effective tools of wellness and personal resiliency for busy people.  Activities involve watching videos, building healthy habits, and engaging in group and peer coach check-ins to reflect on your personal progress.

This is a 1 credit hour course.

Note: Open to all students.

LGBTQIA + CONSIDERATIONS IN HEALTHCARE

(IPEC-650) - Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

COURSE COORDINATOR:

STUDENT FACILITATORS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is an introductory course for future medical professionals who seek to learn how to become allies to the LGBTQIA+ community as well as other marginalized and underrepresented groups.

LGBTQIA+ Considerations in Health will explore and reflect on the culture of medicine into which students are being socialized. Students will explore the values they bring into the profession and how these values influence and shape their professional lives, including responses to diverse patient cultures.  The course aims to utilize a multidisciplinary approach to explore the LGBTQIA+ patient and provider experience to include clinically relevant topics. These topics include issues relating to trauma informed care, pediatric patient care, LGBTQIA+ Aging, Transgender affirming healthcare, reproductive health and fertility primary care in the LGBTQIA+ community, clinical scenarios LGBTQIA+-related issues from an intersectional perspective. This elective will include Implicit Bias Training, as well as SafeZone training to further equip students with communication tools in order to provide appropriate care with communities that differ from their own. 

The structure of this course consists of large and small group sessions, and online learning, which will be employed to develop experiences and enhance self-awareness of students’ underlying biases as well as address and deconstruct the model of medicine that institutionally neglects marginalized groups. The elective course aims to include a series of lectures that will provide insight into how to become a culturally sensitive provider. This is an introductory course for future medical professionals who seek to learn how to become allies to the LGBTQIA+ community as well as other marginalized and underrepresented groups. 

Note: Open to all students

PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS

(IPEC-690) - Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

COURSE COORDINATOR:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In Pathways to Success IPEC 690, students will be given the opportunity to learn about and practice evidence based study strategies, test-taking strategies, mindfulness and time management skills.  The course will also cover maintaining well-being, and coping strategies to manage stressful life experiences.

This interactive, engaging, and self-reflective course meets 6 times during the semester.  Students are asked to complete 2 self-care reflections and 2 surveys.  This is a pass/no pass course.

This is a 1 credit hour course.

Note: Open to all students. **********

PHARMACY AND THERAPEUTICS (P&T)

(PRMC-638) - Fall 2021

COURSE COORDINATOR (S):

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Elective will be to improve students’ managed care pharmacy knowledge, teamwork, critical thinking and presentation skills. The rotation will allow them to move forward as a cohort as they participate in the P&T competition, while also providing a strong foundation on the different aspects pertinent to the competition, such as critical appraisal, benefit design, statistics, pharmacoeconomics, Medicare/Medicaid, and comparative effectiveness research. Students will compete at the local level and have the potential to compete at the national level, earn scholarships, and improve their pharmacy residency candidacy.

This is a 1 unit course.

Note: Open to P1 and P2 students.

SCHEDULE: (click here)

PHARMACY CALCULATIONS

(PRMC-633A ) - Fall 2021

(PRMC-633B) - Spring 2022

COURSE COORDINATOR:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

PRMC 633A Pharmacy Calculations (0.5unit). The overall purpose of PRMC 633A is to provide P1 students that struggle with math a more intensive problem-solving experience  (akin to  a  “lab”)  designed to improve their skill level in support of their calculations work in PRMC 602. Participating faculty will offer a series of example problems, and problem-solving strategies, on calculations topics that have recently been covered in PRMC 602 (or that support these lectures). PRMC 633A sessions specifically support the following PRMC 602 calculations lectures: Calculations I, II and III. 

The overall purpose of PRMC 633B is to provide P1 students with a more intensive problem-solving experience (akin to a “lab”) designed to improve their skill level in support of their calculations work in PRMC 606. Participating faculty will offer a series of example problems, and problem-solving strategies, on calculations topics that have recently been covered in PRMC 606 (or that support these lectures). PRMC 633B sessions specifically support the following PRMC 606 calculations lectures: Calculations IV, V, and VI.

Starts after September 10th, 2021.  Day and Time TBA.  15 students MAX and must get course coordinator approval to join class.

This is a 0.5 credit hour course.

Note: Open to P1 students only.

RESIDENCY & POST-GRADUATE TRAINING PREPARATION

(PRMC-632) - Fall 2021

COURSE COORDINATOR:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the Residency and Post-Graduate Training Preparation Elective is to provide students with the tools needed to successfully navigate the post-graduate training (e.g. residency, fellowship) search and interview process. Each class will focus on an aspect of the post-graduate position procurement process.

SCHEDULE: (click here)

1 unit course.  

Note: Open to P2 students only.

 

STREET MEDICINE

(IPEC-653) – Spring 2022

COURSE COORDINATOR:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This elective course provides an opportunity for TUCA students to develop an understanding of the healthcare needs of the unhoused population, with a specific emphasis on the unhoused population in Vallejo, Ca. During this elective, students will develop the skills necessary to address the complex medical needs of this population clinically. This elective will cover enhancing empathetic encounters with patients, presented with an osteopathic lens of addressing the mind-body-spirit connection within each individual, as well as specific topics including substance abuse, chronic illness, wound care, and health insurance.

This is a 1 credit hour course.

Note: Open to all students.