Our Work

See Our Areas of Inquiry and Excellence

Areas of Inquiry and Excellence involve successive scholarly projects that build on one another, advancing knowledge about teaching and learning in a pharmacy education.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is committed to asking and answering questions related to teaching and learning that will improve the educational experience for our students.

The following are active projects where faculty have:

  • observed an opportunity to improve instruction,
  • consulted the available literature for options,
  • initiated changes,
  • conducted systematic observations/measurements of the effects, and
  • analyzed the resulting data in order to determine success and create further refinements.

Each project often involves a team of investigators that includes content experts and instructional designers or assessment personnel. Graduate students and residents are often actively involved under the mentorship of faculty. Please feel free to contact any of the Principle Investigators for further information.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Team Based Learning

Team Based Learning

Please see our Wakelet website for more information.

Intention/Reflection (I/R)

Intention/Reflection (I/R)

Please see our Wakelet website for more information.

Assessment and Evaluation

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)

Contact:  Amy Pittenger, Pharm.D., Ph.D., alp@umn.edu

Who is a pharmacist? What does a pharmacist do? As we promote the consistent integration of pharmacists in all clinical settings, having a core definition of pharmacy practice that communicates the essential need of a pharmacist to diverse audiences (other health professionals, patients, employers, payers, legislators) is important. The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy led a national effort to develop and implement Entrustable Professional Activities into the professional program as a way to answer this important question. EPAs define units of pharmacy practice that all pharmacists are expected to perform, independent of clinical setting. As the EPA strategy becomes more established across pharmacy programs, the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy has continued to play a leadership role in the development and implementation.

2016 Statement
2016 Letter
2016 AACP Report
2017 Special Report:  EPAs for New Graduates 
2017 Commentary
2017 AACP Report: Implementation Roadmap

Blog Post

Peer Review of Clinical Teaching

Peer Review of Clinical Teaching

Please see our article here.