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Safe Drug Use Topic of WCU Lecture

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 15, 2013 - Dr. Francis Achike, professor of pharmacology and clinical skills in the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), will present a lecture titled, “Advancing Safe Drug Use Through Interprofessional Education” on April 17 at 3 p.m. in the Lucile Parker Gallery. This lecture is a part of WCU’s University Lecture Series.

The presentation will address the increasing global awareness of the need for Interprofessional Collaborative Patient-centered Care (IPCPC) for improved healthcare delivery.  Historically, there have been several attempts at IPCPC, but several of these failed due to the lack of educational preparedness for would-be IPCPC practitioners; hence, the current push by national and international professional bodies for pre-licensure interprofessional education (IPE).  The multi-professional involvement in the medication use chain (prescribing, dispensing, administration, and termination of medication) dictates a need for multi-professional input (and therefore IPE).  IPE is now recognized as a fundamental prerequisite for tomorrow’s healthcare practice.

Dr. Achike will not only discuss the growing need for IPCPC and IPE, but will also discuss the IPE component that the WCUCOM envisages as part of the Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics curriculum. He will describe the WCUCOM’s pilot IPE class on safe drug use and the feedback from it, which includes the students’ readiness for an IPE curriculum on safe drug use, and the need to develop other healthcare professional programs, such as pharmacy, to strengthen the IPE curriculum.

This is the last lecture in the University Lecture Series for this academic year.