Curriculum recommendations of the AACP-PSSC task force on caring for the underserved

Ann Zweber, Victoria F. Roche, Mitra Assemi, John M. Conry, Laura Shane-McWhorter, Todd D. Sorensen

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A task force was convened by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the Pharmaceutical Services Support Center (PSSC) and charged with the development of a curriculum framework to guide pharmacy programs in educating students on caring for the underserved. Utilizing a literature-based model, the task force constructed a framework that delineated evidence-based practice, clinical prevention and health promotion, health systems and policy, and community aspects of practice. Specific learning outcomes tailored to underserved populations were crafted and linked to resources readily available to the academy. The AACP-PSSC curriculum framework was shared with the academy in 2007. Schools and Colleges are urged to share experiences with implementation so that the impact of the tool can be evaluated. The task force recommends that the AACP Institutional Research Advisory Committee be involved in gathering assessment data. Implementation of the curriculum framework can help the academy fulfill the professional mandate to proactively provide the highest quality care to all, including underserved populations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number53
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Education

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Zweber, A., Roche, V. F., Assemi, M., Conry, J. M., Shane-McWhorter, L., & Sorensen, T. D. (2008). Curriculum recommendations of the AACP-PSSC task force on caring for the underserved. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 72(3), [53].