Scott Bolesta, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCM, FCCP
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Office: (570) 408-4203
Fax: (570) 408-7729
Welcome to PHA 599: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience in Critical Care
The Critical Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) is an elective acute patient care experience designed to provide the student with the opportunity to develop and refine the skills necessary to deliver pharmaceutical care, with an emphasis on the pharmacotherapeutic management of medication therapy in the critically ill. The goal of this APPE is to expose students to the care of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit setting. Students will work under the direct oversight and supervision of the preceptor as part of the interdisciplinary critical care team. They will work collaboratively with other providers in the intensive care unit to foster interprofessional care and learning. During the experience students may also have the opportunity to assist in the development of policies, procedures and protocols regarding medication therapy in the intensive care unit. They may also have the opportunity to participate in research in various capacities. Interaction and communication with patients, their families and other health care providers for the promotion of optimal drug therapy are stressed to help the student develop a sound professional approach to the practice of pharmacy. In addition, students are encouraged to broaden their existing competencies and incorporate their professional and personal goals into this clerkship.
You should review the learning contract prior to beginning the clerkship. You will be required to sign a copy of this contract on the first day of your clerkship. You should also begin to review the clerkship calendar, along with the various assignment guidelines and grading forms. Be sure to review the clerkship calendar regularly throughout the rotation, as necessary updates will be made as needed. As you complete the clerkship other useful information can be accessed from this website that should also assist you.
The location and directions to the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital can be found here.
On your first day meet me in the Clinical Services office of the Pharmacy Department at the time indicated in the clerkship calendar. I suggest you park in the parking garage on the hill across River Street from the cemetery. As a student you should get free parking in this garage with your hospital ID badge. Do not park in the parking garage near the Emergency Department attached to the hospital by the pedestrian bridge (you will not be able to park for free there). From the main front lobby of the building on the ground floor head towards the main elevators past the gift shop and Common Grille. Make a left just before the elevators and head west down the main hallway. When you come to a rise in the hallway make a right and proceed down the hallway with the low ceiling and lots of duct work and pipes towards the far north end of the building. When you come to the part of the hallway where the pipes and ductwork in the ceiling end turn right at the end of the hall. The Clinical Services office for the pharmacy will be the second single door on your left. Bring your lab coat, a scientific calculator and any other supplies and resources you believe may be necessary.