Students have a variety of opportunities to practice in rural and medically underserved areas. In 2016-17, 51% of advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) students completed at least one rotation in a rural area and 70% completed at least one rotation in a medically underserved area.
Sites in the Tri-Cities include 24 that qualify as rural and 34 that are medically underserved. Of the college’s total sites, 29% are in rural areas and 38% are considered medically underserved.
Several APPE ambulatory care rotations are available that offer unique experiences in working with rural and/or medically underserved patient populations. Indian Health Service rotations are available in Cherokee, North Carolina and in Juneau, Alaska. The Health Wagon rotation based out of Wise, Virginia, gives students an opportunity to experience patient care to a large medically underserved population in rural Appalachia. The rotation allows students to get out in the community in the Health Wagon’s mobile clinic (a modified RV) to cover their five-county service area in Southwest Virginia.
IPPE students have an opportunity to fulfill part of their service hour requirement by volunteering at Remote Area Medical (RAM) mobile medical clinics in the region.