Information for Preceptors
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Two Major Experiential Education Components
Explore this section to learn more about experiential education for USJ’s Doctor of Pharmacy program adjunct instructors. Experiential education is a key element of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.
The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)
- Begin in the very first semester
- Offered concurrently with didactic classes to reinforce learning experience
- Scheduled as one full day per week over a five-week period during the fall and spring semesters of the P1 and P2 years, and one four-week (40 hrs/wk) segment between the P1 and P2 years
The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)
- Six, six-week APPEs occur during the final year of the curriculum
- Integrate classroom knowledge, professional performance and professionalism
- Ensure competency in the provision of patient care
- Include four required rotations (one each in institutional/hospital practice, advanced community practice, ambulatory care and two elective rotations
Preceptor of the Year Awards
Each year, the USJ Doctor of Pharmacy Program hosts a Preceptor of the Year Award Ceremony to recognize two outstanding preceptors in the field. As experiential education professionals, pharmacist preceptors teach students practice-related skills necessary to provide quality pharmacist care. In addition to serving as teachers, pharmacist preceptors mentor-student pharmacists, promoting personal and professional growth.
Preceptor Spotlight: Past Award Recipients
Preceptor Online Resources
- Pharmacy Board State of Connecticut
- Pharmacy Board State of Massachusetts
- American Pharmacist Association
- National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
- Connecticut Pharmacists Association (CPA)
- Connecticut Society of Health System Pharmacists (CSHP)
- The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
- U.S. Pharmacopeia
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Centers for Disease Control
- Ovid Medline
- Preceptor Application (PDF)
- USJ’s Online Library Resources for Preceptors
Healthcare education management software, eValue, facilitates learning and assessment in the experiential curriculum. eValue™ is a comprehensive web and PDA-based, pharmacy-specific, health care education solution. It provides pharmacy students, school administrators, faculty, and preceptors alike with the tools necessary to achieve success.
Evalue Features & Benefits:
Both IPPE and APPE students are afforded opportunity for significant and measurable improvement through use of the tools offered by eValue™. The USJ School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies uses eValue™ to:
- Improve performance and organization of students and educators
- Assess and monitor institutional effectiveness and outcomes
- Prepare evidence for ACPE accreditation site visits
- Manage sites and adjunct instructors (preceptors)
- Reduce time spent on administrative tasks
- Create necessary artifacts for student portfolios
Adjunct instructors and students will be given a login and password to allow full integration of eValue™ and the USJ School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies.
Become a Preceptor for USJ’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program
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- Preceptors must be licensed pharmacists and in good standing.
- Preceptors should be knowledgeable of and compliant with the material contained in the Preceptors and Students Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Manual.
- Preceptors are expected to instill and demonstrate principles of professionalism and ethics.
- Preceptors are expected to be respectful of fellow practitioners and allied health professionals, in as much as the preceptor is a role model to the student.
- Preceptors are responsible for communicating student expectations regarding performance, appearance, attitude, and method of practice.
- Preceptors are responsible for scheduling an orientation session with their student(s).
- Preceptors are responsible for identifying an acceptable replacement to supervise students during absences.
- Preceptors are responsible for fostering an environment of mutual learning.
- Preceptors should not assume student competency but determine it by reviewing the student’s performance through discussions and observation.
- Preceptors are responsible for reviewing student progress at regular intervals during the experience and sharing their observations with the students.
- Preceptors are expected to provide constructive criticism that is conveyed in private and in an appropriate manner.
- Preceptors should inform students of any areas requiring improvement as early as possible.
- Preceptors are responsible for submitting a midpoint and final assessment by the prescribed due date.
- Preceptors are responsible for verifying the intern hours completed by each student to the USJ School of Pharmacy.
- Preceptors are responsible for verifying student attainment of required rotation outcomes.