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 adult acute 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.
Contact us to learn more.
Preceptor Spotlight: Past Award Recipients
- Tera Falcetti, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
- Ellie Rodriguez, Pharm.D. – Stop and Shop Pharmacy
Pictured here (left to right) are: Jennifer Luciano, PharmD, Director, Office of Experiential Education; Tera Falcetti (Honoree); Ellie Rodriguez (Honoree); Joseph R. Ofosu, Pharm.D., R.Ph., Professor and Dean of the USJ School of Pharmacy; Meghan Bauer, RPh Coordinator, Office of Experiential Education
- Jon Blazawski, Pharm.D. – Hospital of Central Connecticut
- Kristen Masood-Sidebottom, Pharm.D. – CVS, New London Turnpike, Glastonbury
Pictured here (left to right) are: Joseph R. Ofosu, Pharm.D., R.Ph., Professor and Dean of the USJ School of Pharmacy; Kristen Masood, Pharm.D. (honoree); Jon Blazawski, Pharm.D. (honoree); Jennifer Luciano, Pharm.D., Director of Experiential Education at the USJ School of Pharmacy; and James Henkel, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the USJ School of Pharmacy.
- SueGi Hwang, Pharm.D. – Bristol Hospital
- Venkata Kamal Swami, R.Ph. – West Town Pharmacy
Pictured here (left to right) are: John Parisi, R.Ph., Pharm.BS., Director of Experiential Education at the USJ School of Pharmacy; Venkata Kamal Swami, R.Ph. (honoree); Joseph R. Ofosu, Pharm.D., R.Ph., Professor and Dean of the USJ School of Pharmacy; and SueGi Hwang, Pharm.D. (honoree).
- Ginger Croxall, R.Ph. – Day Kimball Hospital
- Edgar Albuja, R.Ph. – Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
- Stephen Cofone, R.Ph. – Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
- Jacqueline Murphy, R.Ph. – Hancock’s Pharmacy, New Haven
- Bekim Jashanica, Pharm.D. – Griffin Hospital
- Joseph Bordonaro Jr., R.P.h. – Bordonaro’s Pharmacy
- Ted Gorham, R.Ph., MBA – Windham Hospital
- Leslie Hosking Sexton, R.Ph., Pharm.D. – Price Chopper, Windsor
Preceptor Online Resources
- Elsevier’s Clinical Pharmacology Online
- Pharmacist’s Letter – Preceptor page, where you can register and find access to the many cost-free continuing education programs
- 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.
- 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.
Become a Preceptor for USJ’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program
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