» Experiential Education Office Overview

The Experiential Education Office (EEO) coordinates the clinical and practice-related experiences at CUSP. 

The experiential education program consists of:


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+ - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) - Years 1 and 2

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) provide students practical experience in community and hospital pharmacy settings during Year 1 and 2 at CUSP. 

Coupled with the didactic courses in the curriculum, IPPEs prepare student pharmacists for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in Year 3. 

+ - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) - Year 3

In Year 3, students complete six, 6-week Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)—4 required rotation types and 2 electives.

The focus of APPE rotations is to provide supervised experiences so they are practice ready by the end of the academic year.

Students must successfully complete at least 1440 hours. 

EEO Team

photo of Kathleen  Hill-Besinque, PharmD, MSEd, FASHP, FCSHP, FCPhA

Kathleen Hill-Besinque, PharmD, MSEd, FASHP, FCSHP, FCPhA

Professor, Director of Experiential Education, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Rinker Health Science Campus
714-516-5475
Dr. Besinque oversees the experiential education program for IPPE and APPE students.
photo of Bonnie Hui-Callahan, PharmD, CDE

Bonnie Hui-Callahan, PharmD, CDE

Assistant Director of Experiential education
Rinker Health Science Campus
(714) 516-5412
Dr. Hui-Callahan supports the community, ambulatory care, and elective rotation types, including Year 1 and Year 2 IPPEs and APPEs.
photo of Brian Kawahara, PharmD, MM, FASHP, FCSHP

Brian Kawahara, PharmD, MM, FASHP, FCSHP

Assistant Director of Experiential Education
Rinker Health Science Campus
(714) 516-5407
Dr. Kawahara primarily supports the hospital and health-system rotation types, including Year 2 IPPE and APPEs.
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Joanna Wedekind

Experiential Education Coordinator (APPE)
Rinker Health Science Campus
(714) 516-5457
Ms. Wedekind manages the daily operations of the APPE program, including student scheduling, compliance, and communication with students and preceptors. She also maintains affiliation agreements and coordinates the EE Partnership Valuation Program.
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Maryam Zeineddine

Experiential Education Coordinator (IPPE)
Rinker Health Science Campus
(714) 516-5403
Ms. Zeineddine manages the daily operations of the IPPE program, including student scheduling, compliance, and communication with students and preceptors. She also manages the preceptor appointment process and the CORE ELMS infrastructure.
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Andie Hoang

Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy Practice Department
Rinker Health Science Campus
(714) 516-5404
Ms. Hoang assists with administrative needs of the EEO, including event planning and the EEO newsletter.