Internships and Clinical Rotations
Standard internships are not part of the undergraduate experience in pharmacy. All professional (PharmD students) must engage in clinical rotations through the profession's Experiential Education requirements: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences maintains both academic and research experiences with a variety of local, regional, national and international sites including:
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Yale-New Haven Hospital
- National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
- American Pharmacists Association
- Cardinal Health
- Buffalo and Niagara Hospice
- the National Institutes of Health
- the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Postgraduate residencies and fellowships are available through formalized partnerships with pharmacy practice and research training programs throughout the nation.
Our students are involved in many opportunities for professional and personal growth.
- Participation in the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists Patient Care Projects:
- Operation Heart
- Operation Diabetes
- Operation Immunization
- Poison Prevention Education Program, where students participate in community clinics educating the public about the proper use of medications
- Elementary school visits to teach children how to prevent accidental poisonings in their homes
Students attend professional meetings, both locally and nationally, to learn about the latest advances in medication and treatment for various disease states.
Students are required to participate in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) during the first three years of the professional curriculum. PharmD students complete 9 months (36 weeks) of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) during their fourth professional (P4) year at off-campus clinical practice sites throughout the country.
Global Health Initiatives
SPPS has multiple global health initiatives in education and scholarship available in order to expose students to practical global health concerns, promote culturally competent healthcare, and foster the development of servant leadership in global populations locally, nationally, and internationally.
Medical mission trips are offered annually to Latin America and the Caribbean and typically occur in January. Information is made available to all students enrolled in the professional curriculum early fall semester.
The University at Buffalo has strong partnerships with many health care agencies around the world:
- University of Zimbabwe – Harare, Zimbabwe
- Taipei Veterans General Hospital – Taipei City, Taiwan
- Wanfang Hospital – Taipei, Taiwan
- Instituto Dante Pazzanese De Cardiologia – Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Cloud Pharmacy – Toronto, Canada
- Loblaws Corporation – Brampton, Canada
- Project HOPE - India
Students are involved with a number of professional organizations, such as:
- National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Student Chapter
- Academy of Students of Pharmacy (ASP)
- Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)
- Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society Student Chapter
- Rho Chi Honor Society Student Chapter
- Phi Delta Chi
- Lambda Kappa Sigma
- Student Pharmacists Association of Western New York (SPAWNY)
If you would like to get involved, please research the professional PharmD organizations and contact the organization's officers.
Over thirty awards and prizes are presented to graduating PharmD students. These include:
- Samuel J. Bauda Award for leadership and dedication to community health care
- Lilly Achievement Award for superior scholastic achievement and professional attitude
- A. Bertram Lemon award for a graduate who exemplifies the high ideals of scholarship and dedication to the profession of pharmacy
Students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum are eligible to receive Latin Honors based on their cumulative professional GPA on the following scale:
Average (based on 4.0 = A)
- 3.20-3.49: Cum Laude
- 3.50-3.74: Magna Cum Laude
- 3.75-4.00: Summa Cum Laude
The Rho Chi Honor Society is a national pharmacy honor society. On the basis of their academic standing (top 20% of their class), students may be invited to membership in their second professional (P2) year. A major purpose of Rho Chi is to promote high scholarship in pharmacy.