Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide

Overview

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide [PDF] is a resource designed to prepare pharmacy students and pharmacists with the education needed to care for older adults. This 3rd edition of the Guide links foundational geriatric principles of care necessary for pharmacy students with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy CAPE (Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education) Outcomes and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s Accreditation Standards and Guidelines. In addition, the Health in Aging Multidisciplinary Competencies in the Care of Older Adults at the Completion of the Entry-level Health Professional Degree and the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice have been mapped within the current Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide.

While the Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide delineates competencies for students graduating from pharmacy school, this newest edition also offers a Tool Kit with suggestions for learning opportunities across the spectrum of professional development. From didactic coursework to introductory and advance practice experiences to residency training and beyond, the Tool Kit is designed to assist with topic discussions and pertinent activities to reinforce knowledge gained both inside and outside the classroom. The Tool Kit can also assist residency program directors in the development of unique geriatric-specific experiences for both general residency learning and those seeking to specialize in senior care pharmacy.

For the pharmacist in practice, the Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide offers professional development guidance on topics and content needed for those developing competencies in senior care pharmacy. The Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide is an excellent resource to ensure the pharmacist is up-to-date on subject matter relevant to senior care pharmacy. The competencies described in the Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide are essential elements when applying the pharmacists’ patient care process to older adults).

The resource pages provide a selection of key references, guidelines and other online resources important for any senior care practitioner’s library, including the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process [PDF]. These resources make wonderful patient education source documents and also provide information on how to build a senior care pharmacy practice.

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