This internship program was created for students to enrich their learning experiences, and provide hands-on advertising, public relations, and mass communications experience at Pharmacy Plus located at Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care. During this collaborative learning opportunity, students will reach higher professional goals in their academic and professional career.
Students will be expected to create feasible, workable business ideas, products, or programs that will help to enhance the reputation of Pharmacy Plus. Students will be responsible for working with Dr. Mariam Gendi, Pharmacy Plus Manager, and Dr. Janelle Applequist, internship supervisor, to create, disseminate, and maintain professional communication consistent with the goal of increasing the presence of Pharmacy Plus. Some examples of internship tasks may include: using new media design programs to create updated and impactful signage and advertising, running a social media campaign, coordinating and executing community outreach events, conducting surveys and data analysis to help improve patient experiences, and more.
Interns will be expected to propose and implement ideas that are innovative, creative, and that have a far-reaching impact. Students will work closely in a team of interns, with a maximum of two students interning during a given semester.
- Proficiency in marketing, graphic design and communication
- Proficiency or able to quickly learn medical terms
- Wearable technology
- App technology
- Understanding pharmacy business and workflow
- Understanding of how insurance works (so they are able to explain employee perks)
About Pharmacy Plus
Pharmacy Plus is an affiliate of the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy which opened for business in February 2015. The pharmacy was designed to be exemplify pharmacies of the future and serves as an innovative training site for student pharmacists.
With its unique location within the USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare, Pharmacy Plus is available to serve patients seen in the clinics, USF staff, students, and employees, or any patient that has no affiliation with USF but is interested in utilizing the pharmacy’s innovative services.
Pharmacy has changed exponentially over the past decade. The primary focus is no longer filling prescriptions, but instead catering to the needs of each individual patient including comprehensive patient education and pharmacogenomic testing. Pharmacy Plus was created to model the pharmacy of the future now.
With the many innovative tools and telehealth services offered at Pharmacy Plus, integrating these practices can help bridge the gap between pharmacists and physicians to provide better healthcare for patients.
Each student is responsible for ensuring successful completion of the internship by emphasizing the following – students should:
- Be present at the practice site a minimum of 20 hours per week (if receiving 3 credits for the internship). For each credit hour received, the student must complete 100 hours of work for the semester for Pharmacy Plus. Internships can be negotiated to fulfill 1-3 credit hours.
- Be responsible for reviewing and completing all onboarding requirements prior to the start of the internship program. The student should complete all prerequisites and training specific to the internship including immunizations, background checks, HIPPA/OSHA training, and any additional requirements requested by the program.
- Behave professionally and respectfully at all times.
- Fully engage in the experience provided by the internship program. Express willingness and enthusiasm for learning.
- Provide consistent and punctual attendance.
- Follow all confidentiality laws and requirements.
- Submit all assignments on time as instructed by the Pharmacy Manager.
- Always have courteous, respectful and non-judgmental communication with staff, patients, and students.
Professional Attire and Appearance
- General appearance
- Hair (including facial hair) must be neatly trimmed, and neatly maintained.
- All visible tattoos must be covered. All visible body piercings (other than in the ears) shall not be worn during internship hours. Jewelry shall be conservative/moderate style, and not excessive. Headgear or other accessories worn for religious or medical purposes are permissible.
- Good hygiene must be maintained, and avoid strong colognes/perfumes/offensive body odor.
- Clothing and shoes
- Clothing should be neat, and moderate in style.
- Female students must wear either skirts, dresses, or dress slacks with appropriate hosiery and close-toed shoes. Skirt lengths must be of a conservative nature.
- Male students must wear dress slacks, collared shirts, ties, socks, and appropriate shoes.
- Unacceptable dress includes, but is not limited to:
- Shorts, mini-skirts, capris, shorts, leggings, t-shirts, sweatpants or jogging suits, hats/caps.
- Jeans, or any denim material.
- Halter tops, tank tops (unless worn under a jacket), midriff tops, thermal/flannel shirts.
- Tight fitting attire.
- Any clothing that exposes cleavage, bras, or briefs/underwear.
- Flip-flops, tennis shoes, sandals, open-toed shoes.
- Students will not be allowed to participate in the internship program hours if not dressed appropriately. Students will be required to make up any internship program hours missed due to inappropriate dress.
Out of respect for patients and in compliance with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), all students will respect confidences revealed during their time at the internship program. Patient names, date of birth, and other patient identifiers shall not be discussed or used outside any patient encounters. The USF HIPPA Compliance Module must be completed before participation in the internship program.