Associate Professor Collaborates on Award-Winning Effort in Experiential Education

Ferris State University
Lisa Meny (third from right, wearing glasses), an associate professor of Pharmacy Practice at Ferris State University was honored with colleagues at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, held in Chicago. They received the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education for their two-year project to further the learning experience of fourth-year students.

A Ferris State University associate professor of Pharmacy Practice has contributed to a collaborative effort to establish the resources and direction for Intentional Interprofessional Experiential Education for Pharmacy students and others pursuing careers as healthcare professionals.

Lisa Meny explained that the group completed a two-year project, which included surveying peers in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and developing recommendations and resources to bolster IIEE instruction in pharmacy curricula. At the 2019 summer AACP Annual Meeting, in Chicago, Meny and her colleagues received the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education for their work on the IIEE recommendations and materials.

“We sought to be very intentional about presenting these opportunities to collaborate with medical students, resident physicians, nurses and physical therapists,” Meny said. “These are important experiences for our students to help them become comfortable as participants who learn through their interactions with caregivers from a variety of disciplines in a clinical setting.”

Meny said the project participants had their findings disseminated to the AACP member colleges, and the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education published their findings as a commentary.

“It was our goal to bring about experiential situations that did not occur by chance,” Meny said. “It is important for fourth-year pharmacy students and others entering the medical profession to learn to, from and about each other.”