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									                  American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2009; 73 (4) Article 75.

BOOK REVIEWS                                                       research study without any reference to any evidence-based
                                                                   practice publications or resources. The final 3 chapters of
PAUL J. STELAK. Pharmacy Practice Experien-                        these introductory topics provide expected PPE handbook-
ces: A Student’s Handbook. Washington, DC:                         type material with references for ‘‘Physical Assessment,’’
American Pharmacists Association; 2008. 153                        ‘‘Clinical Laboratory and Procedural Data,’’ and ‘‘Thera-
pp, $29.95 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-58212-                         peutic Monitoring and Modification.’’ Once a student
114-7.                                                             progresses into APPEs, this content is more commonly
                                                                   referenced in other tertiary or site-specific resources.
Reviewed By: Kimi S. Vesta, PharmD
                                                                        The 7 PPE chapters cover the ‘‘Community Hospi-
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
                                                                   tal,’’ ‘‘Chronic/Long-Term Care,’’ ‘‘Ambulatory/Acute
     Pharmacy Practice Experiences: A Student’s Hand-              Care,’’ ‘‘Advanced Clinical,’’ ‘‘Business/Management,’’
book is a pocket-size book written to be pharmacy stu-             and ‘‘Elective/Miscellaneous’’ settings. To the beginning
dents’guide through their pharmacy practice experiences            IPPE student, this could serve as an orientation to these
(PPE) and into their careers. This first edition book is            practices; however, the content and organization is the
written by Paul J. Stelak, who states in the introduction          author’s perspective of the scope of practice, which may
that the book covers topics not covered in depth in phar-          not be universally applicable. For example, grouping
macy school. The book contains 17 short chapters and               acute care into an ambulatory care chapter does not pro-
7 varied appendices.                                               vide any description of pharmacy’s role in clinical inpa-
     The first 10 chapters introduce 10 topics, varying            tient settings, a required PPE component. The ‘‘Advanced
from history of pharmacy to therapeutic monitoring and             Clinical’’ chapter details 7 intensive care specialty units,
modification, and the last 7 chapters describe 7 PPE set-          in addition to 5 subspecialty disciplines, which are not
tings. The appendices provide more depth about a few               available in all institutions. This concise orientation
specific topics, from units of measure and conversions             may be appropriate for beginning IPPE students but is
to anemia. While the introductory nature of the book               not relevant for daily reference or APPEs.
makes this an appropriate assignment for students begin-                The appendices delve into a wide variety of topics
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