Experiential Education

Buffalo Pharmacy experiential education

Our curriculum allows students the opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and in the laboratory and apply it to real-world settings.

With over 1000 preceptors across 700 training sites, we offer a diverse and progressive experiential training program, with the first three years preparing each student for their final fourth year of full-time, advanced pharmacy practice experiences. The program includes both Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) for PharmD students.

Training opportunities are expansive and span a variety of clinical, community, regulatory and research options locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.


In Buffalo, we are very fortunate to have comprehensive health systems centers as well as renowned specialty health care and research programs:

  • Kaleida Health
    The largest non-profit health care provider in Western New York and supplies the areas eight counties throughout five different hospitals and and separate medical centers.  It is the primary teaching affiliate for the University at Buffalo.
  • Dent Neurological Institute
    Ambulatory clinical and research activities available specializing in neurology
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
    Inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations and research opportunities with preceptors specializing in cutting edge oncology care
  • Buffalo Psychiatric Center
    Dynamic training site covering involved clinical and pyscho-social issues
  • VA Medical Center of WNY
    Inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations along with specialty experiences in nuclear medicine, infectious disease, and anticoagulation
  • Research and Scholarship
    As one of the top research institutions in the country, we have pre-eminent research faculty in both the departments of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences allowing, our students to engage in high level research.  Opportunities are available in both clinical and science based platforms, allowing students an early opportunity to assess their research interests under faculty guidance.
  • Niagara Hospice
    Inpatient and elective rotations that specialize in geriatrics and palliative care
  • Buffalo Medical Group
    Outpatient clinical rotations that integrate our students with faculty and residents, along with medical practitioners, for advanced patient care and research focusing on many areas of wellness and disease state management


For specific questions regarding the APPE program:

Kris Jordan
APPE Coordinator

For specific questions regarding the IPPE program:

Jean Costanzo
IPPE Academics Coordinator

Pam Coniglio
IPPE Activities Coordinator

For general questions or any other assistance:

Nicholas Fusco, PharmD
Interim Director

Regional and National

The University at Buffalo has strong partnerships with many health care agencies across the country and around the world. These are a few of our regional and national partners:

  • American Pharmacists Association
  • American Society of Health System Pharmacists
  • Cardinal Health
  • Children's Hospital of Boston
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Indian Health Service
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (California and Hawaii)
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores
  • National Community Pharmacists Association
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Pfizer
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital


  • University of Zimbabwe – Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Taipei Veterans General Hospital – Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Wanfang Hospital – Taipei, Taiwan
  • Instituto Dante Pazzanese De Cardiologia – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Cloud Pharmacy – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Loblaws Corporation – Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • Project HOPE - India
  • University of the West Indies, Jamaica