Brody and Wahler receive SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants

By Kara Sweet

Published May 15, 2018


Peter Brody, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and Director of Experiential Education, received a $10,000 State University of New York (SUNY) Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) for his project, Examining the Validity and Reliability of a Measurement Tool to Track and Assess Experiential Education Activities.

As part of the first three years of the PharmD curriculum, the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences utilizes a formal six-course sequence that involves in-class training, professional organization meeting participation, simulation, and reflective journaling. Students are required to document their activities via an individual electronic journal and to reflect on each experience. Brody is developing a measurement tool to improve both the individual student data collected and the ability to assess at an aggregate level.


Robert Wahler, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, is the recipient of a $20,000 SUNY IITG for his project, Development of a Micro-Credential on the Newly Developed Pharmacist Patient Care Process for Use in Pharmacy and Health Profession Programs: Promoting Patient-Centered Care.

The Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process (PPCP), developed by the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners, outlines a standardized, evidence-based process (collect, assess, plan, implement, follow-up, collaborate, document, and communicate) emphasizing a patient-centered approach to care in collaboration with other health care team providers. Recent pharmacy and pharmacy technician accreditation standards place an emphasis on the PPCP model and its use throughout courses and experiences. Wahler’s project aims to develop collaborative content consisting of stackable modules on the elements of the PPCP for use across pharmacy and health education professional and post-graduate programs.

Both grants are funded June 2018 through June 2019.

IITG is a competitive grants program open to SUNY faculty and support staff across all disciplines. IITG encourages development of innovations that meet the power of SUNY’s transformative vision. Grant recipients will openly share project outcomes in the SUNY Learning Commons, enabling SUNY colleagues across all campuses, to replicate and build upon an innovation.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 22 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.