College of Pharmacy

Xavier University of Louisiana

Donna Shelly Robinson, BSPharm, RPh
Experiential Clinical Instructor
Professional Experience Program (PEP)
Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Telephone Number: 504-520-5393
Room Number: College of Pharmacy - Room 112
Fax Number: 504-502-7486
Email Address:


Ms. Donna Shelly Robinson serves as Professional Experience Program (PEP) Experiential Clinical Instructor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences. Primary responsibility involves coordinating Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences of Second Year Students (IPPE2) 'Äì incorporating didactic teaching with simulated lab activities and site visits allowing students the opportunity to develop practice skills through hands-on training and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) assessment.

Ms. Robinson is a 1989 graduate of Xavier University College of Pharmacy (XUCOP) earning a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in addition to completing several advanced pharmacy clinical courses. Before becoming faculty at Xavier, Ms. Robinson'Äôs experience as a pharmacist involved institutional / hospital pharmacy practice for over 25 years advancing from staff to management as well as serving as preceptor for XUCOP. During this time, Ms. Robinson also served as a member of the XUCOP PEP Advisory Board.

Since 2007 as XUCOP faculty,  Ms. Robinson managed to successfully lead the PEP Office during the challenging time of mandatory implementation of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) throughout the curriculum of which the First Year IPPE Nutrition/ Fitness Program has been recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Note-Worthy Practice.  Since Fall of 2012, the transition from Director to Second Year IPPE Coordinator has provided an excellent opportunity to improve the second year experiential curriculum through early pharmacy practice experience in community and hospital settings in conjunction with weekly lecture sessions that introduce basic pharmacy practice distributive functions while reinforcing didactic course information through lab activities and rotation site assignments. Health Fairs are also coordinated throughout the course to reinforce cultural diversity. Site visits have also been integrated to introduce students to clinical and elective pharmacy practice experiences.  Students complete 100 contact hours through assigned site rotation hours and guided experiential learning incorporating focused pharmacy assignments that apply skills taught in class while documenting experiential student outcomes, rotation hours and assessments via electronic portfolios. 

Ms. Robinson'Äôs passion for the field of pharmacy has fueled her committed to share this knowledge and expose students early in the curriculum to the various fields of pharmacy practice.


Experiential Education, Hospital Pharmacy Practice


June 2012 'Äì Poster: Evaluating the Use of Virtual Patients (VpSim) versus Traditional Problem-Based Learning in Advanced Professional Experience Rotations

May 2014 'Äì Article: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 2014, Volume 78, Issue 4; Online Virtual-Patient Cases Versus Traditional Problem-Based Learning in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

June 2008 'Äì Poster: Evaluating the Impact of a Nutrition Service-Learning Course on First-Year Pharmacy Students

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