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We're first in nation to partner with IBM Watson Analytics to integrate analytics to prepare future pharmacists
As the first college of pharmacy in the nation to add IBM Watson Analytics into its curriculum, Lipscomb University is helping their students graduate with an understanding of data and business analytics that can be applied in the workforce.
At a time when health care companies expect individuals at all levels of an organization to act on data-driven insights, future pharmacists need to analyze and understand data to help deliver more informed answers in patient care. Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy is the first college of pharmacy in the nation to provide students full access to Watson Analytics and trainings as part of its curriculum to help graduates fulfill this need for their future employers.
“Lipscomb University has been at the forefront of the Pharmaceutical education field – offering not just pharmacy focused degrees but also dual degrees to help our graduates in areas such as Health Care Informatics,” said Roger Davis, Dean of Lipscomb University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. “Being the first College of Pharmacy in the nation to offer access to Watson Analytics continues this mission by helping give our student pharmacists an advantage in predictive analytics and data mining, learning, and research. The knowledge they will gain from this collaboration will help provide the competitive edge needed to succeed in largely data driven health care careers.”
Watson Analytics is a cloud-based analytics service that enables users to upload accumulated data and find actionable insights without deep technical or coding expertise. The easy-to-use interface combined with cognitive capabilities like natural language processing guides users through advanced analytics. Students will learn how to analyze their dataset as well as integrate new external data sources into their existing data to uncover the insights they need.
“Organizations no longer need to rely only on data scientists or information technology (IT) personnel to prepare and interpret data. With Watson Analytics, now health care professionals along with marketing, sales, operations and human resource professionals can get answers they need from all types of data – without the need for a data scientist,” said Randy Messina, Global Public Sector Leader, Watson Analytics, IBM. “We’re excited to work with Lipscomb’s College of Pharmacy on integrating Watson Analytics into pharmacy education and helping educate the next generation of pharmacists.”
Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy Faculty, staff, and students can register on myLipscomb for access to IBM Watson Analytics.
Tutorials & References
Full text pictures and texts from anatomy textbooks
Full online textbook of statistics, easy to follow language
National Science Foundation website, includes detailed practice tools for statistics using actual published literature
PubMed - Tutorials on using PubMed as well as My NCBI for saving searches
- PubMed Online Training- Webpage with links to all PubMed Tutorials
- Managing Collections- Use this feature to save results (citations)
- My NCBI Collections- information on using Collections in PubMed- Share your collections (saved citations) with others
- My NCBI saving searches in PubMed- Video tutorial on saving searches in PubMed for automatic emails or for future searches.
Presentation Skills- Tutorial on effective presentations from Meck Medicus
- Merck Medicus- Webpage from Merck Medicus site under "Professional Development". Nice videos and slides with presentation skills described
The profession of pharmacy has earned the title “the most respected healthcare professional” due to years of professionalism displayed to patients, colleagues, and society in general. The goal at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy is to continue this tradition by providing a community of scholars and learners where core values of Christ-likeness, truth, excellence and service integrate our faith and ethics with the practice of academic pursuits.
The goal of the curriculum is to prepare student pharmacists to optimize medication outcomes in an ethical and compassionate manner; to satisfy pre-licensure requirements of Boards of Pharmacy; to develop student pharmacists into effective practitioners with excellent patient care skills; and to be able to manage ethical, cultural, and socioeconomic challenges that will be faced in everyday practice. Full official policies are available for review on the campus intranet (myLipscomb) for enrolled student pharmacists.
All work in the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy is graded by letters. Each letter is in turn assigned a quality-point value according to the list provided below.
|F||No Quality Points|
The College of Pharmacy has adopted a numerical scoring system where a 70 percent score is the minimum passing score. Student pharmacists obtaining scores less than 70 percent will be subject to course remediation per a plan as developed by the course coordinator and the Academic Progression Committee. The following is the grading scale:
|A||90.00 or above|
|F||69 or below|
Student pharmacists must maintain a cumulative and per semester GPA in all professional coursework of at least 2.3. A student who fails to attain a 2.3 GPA in any academic semester will be placed on Academic Probation. Additionally, student pharmacists with a GPA of 3.0 or less during their advanced practice experiences (APPEs) may be subject to remedial work, based on recommendation from the Academic Progression Committee and the Experiential Education Committee.
Students earning less than a 3.0 GPA during the fourth professional year must meet with the Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and at least one of their preceptors. Student Pharmacists achieving a GPA of 4.0 will be recognized on the Dean’s List. Those with a GPA of 3.5-3.99 will be recognized on the Dean’s Honor Roll.
The Academic Integrity Policy will be distributed to all student pharmacists at orientation. As citizens of the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy community , student pharmacists, along with the faculty and staff, share the responsibility of promoting a climate of integrity. While we accept student pharmacists from any religious background, our faculty is exclusively Christian, and as a distinctive Christian university, our culture will be based on Christian values.
The pursuit of truth is a core value of the College and lays the foundation for lifelong integrity. In every facet of our work, we seek excellence in the pursuit of knowledge and the courage to make difficult choices even at personal cost. In our service to this community, our actions should reflect the second great command "to love your neighbor as yourself." This command compels us to respect others, to treat others fairly and honestly, and to assume personal responsibility.
Our life is built on the foundation of serving others and living in truth. A community built on these principles cannot accept cheating, lying, fraud, theft, and other dishonest behaviors that jeopardize the rights and welfare of the community and diminish the worth of academic integrity of the community. The Community of Faith sets out broad principles. From these broad principles flow policies and practices for members of the Lipscomb University Community. The Academic Integrity Policy identifies specific policy infractions, provides a listing of sanctions which students may face, and identifies the specific steps in the process. Please see the separate policy relating to Academic Integrity for specific information.
Student pharmacists will be provided a listing of all required and recommended textbooks well in advance of the next academic semester. The student pharmacists will be provided ISBN-13 identification numbers and are responsible for acquiring the textbook prior to the start of the next semester’s courses. Student pharmacists bear all responsibility regarding their purchases. The College may also utilize online textbooks (e-texts) as part of course requirements. In such cases where an online textbook is used, the faculty must assure that sufficient access to the text can be achieved by any computer that meets the minimal requirements for personal notebook (laptop) as described by the College.
Computer literacy is an entry requirement for Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. Student pharmacists will not be able to complete the coursework in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum without a solid foundation in basic computer skills, which we define as confidence in using:
- Microsoft Word (or equivalent word processor)
- Microsoft Excel (or equivalent spreadsheet program)
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Adobe Reader
- Internet Web Browsers (i.e., Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Mozilla)
All student pharmacists will be required to have a computer with wireless networking capability and software in class that meets a minimum set of specifications established by the College. Additionally, student pharmacists are required to have access to a smartphone (e.g., iPhone, Android) or tablet (e.g., iPad), for in-class polling and audience response purposes. Student pharmacists will be required to routinely access Blackboard to document attendance, access course content, receive course announcements and notifications, successfully download lecture slides and handouts, download and upload homework assignments, and complete in-class assessments and quizzes. Therefore, a computer meeting minimum specifications must be brought to class daily.
Computer Skills and Notebook (laptop) Minimum Requirements
Computer literacy is an entry requirement for Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. You will not be able to complete the coursework in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum without a solid foundation in basic computer skills, which we define as confidence in using:
- Microsoft Word (or equivalent word processor)
- Microsoft Excel (or equivalent spreadsheet program)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (or equivalent)
- Adobe Reader
- Internet Web Browsers (i.e., Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Safari)
All student pharmacists will be required to have a computer with wireless networking capability and software in class that meets a minimum set of specifications established by the College. Additionally, student pharmacists are required to have access to a smartphone (e.g., iPhone, Android) or tablet (e.g., iPad), for in-class polling and audience response purposes. Student pharmacists will be required to routinely access Blackboard to document attendance, access course content, receive course announcements and notifications, successfully download lecture slides and handouts, download and upload homework assignments, and complete in-class assessments and quizzes. Therefore, a computer meeting minimum specifications must be brought to class daily. These specifications are as follows:
|Processor||Intel i5||Intel i7 (2.0 GHz or higher)|
|Memory (RAM)||8 GB||8 GB or more|
|Hard Drive||256 GB or more||512 GB or more|
|Networking||Wireless 802.11 a/g/n compatible||Wireless 802.11 a/g/n compatible|
|Windows||Windows 7||Windows 10|
|Mac||Mac OS X El Capitan||Mac OS X High Sierra|
|Windows||Office 2010||Office 2016/Office 365|
|Mac||Office for Mac 2011||Office for Mac 2016/Office 365|
|External USB Drive||500 GB external USB drive||1 TB external USB drive (or larger)|
Software: Microsoft, Apple, Dell, and other companies offer special pricing for Lipscomb students. Microsoft Office 365 (up to 5 installations) is available for free for Lipscomb students.
It is the responsibility of student pharmacists and faculty to maintain an atmosphere in classrooms and laboratories that are conducive to teaching and learning. Behavior is expected to adhere to professional standards and to contribute in a positive way to the learning process. Behavior that is rude, disruptive, or that infringes on the rights of faculty, staff, or student pharmacists to effectively engage in the teaching/learning process will not be tolerated. A critical part of student pharmacist professionalism is showing respect to faculty and the opportunity to gain knowledge.
As part of demonstrating this professionalism, student pharmacists are required to attend class. Course coordinators and instructors have the authority to routinely or randomly monitor and document class attendance by any verbal, written, or electronic method utilized at the beginning, during, or end of the scheduled class period.
Professional standards include appropriate dress and proper attention to personal hygiene. Specific activities and settings require particular attire and appearance. Student pharmacists, faculty, and staff must be aware of and adhere to these expectations and requirements.
- All members of the College community are expected to maintain standards of modesty and decency in dress appropriate to the Christian lifestyle and consistent with professional employment expectations. For these reasons, student pharmacists, faculty, and staff are expected to adhere to the broad guidelines listed in this section. Violations of these guidelines for student pharmacists will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs. Violations of these guidelines for faculty or staff will be referred to the respective Department Chair or supervisor.
- Clothing must be neat, clean, and relatively free of the tattered and worn look.
- Clothing must be modest in style and length to demonstrate professionalism.
- Clothing that is unusual or displays materials inconsistent with the mission and values of the College are prohibited.
- The following are not allowed:
- Midriff or off-the-shoulder blouses, sweaters, or dresses;
- Tight, sheer, or revealing clothing and garments designed as underwear or sleep wear should not be worn as outerwear.
- T-shirts with advertisements, sayings, or logos, with the exception of College-approved University apparel;
- Spaghetti strap or strapless shirts or dresses;
- Denim jeans;
- Shorts or sports attire;
- Caps, hats, bandanas, plastic hair bags, and “do-rags” are not permitted in classes, unless worn for medical conditions or safety purposes or established religious or cultural customs.
- Unusual hair styles, large visible tattooing, or body/facial piercing may not reflect a professional image; therefore, any hairstyle, tattoo or piercing that draws unusual attention to the student pharmacist, faculty, or staff member should be avoided.
- For men, beards are to be neatly trimmed.
- Standard scrub shirts and pants are allowed in classroom settings as long as they are accompanied by a standard Lipscomb College of Pharmacy white coat. Scrub suits may also be appropriate if required at an IPPE, APPE, and are required for certain laboratory settings.
- During pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs or APPEs), professional dress is expected with a clean, white lab coat with the official College-issued name badge affixed. Men must wear a shirt and tie and women should dress in a skirt, dress, or trousers. No open-toed shoes are allowed on pharmacy practice experiences.
- The Dean, in consultation with the faculty, staff, and student pharmacists, may designate special “dress-up” or “dress-down” days for a specific event(s) or theme.