Outpatient Practice Rotation

(Also refer to the general goals and objectives for PhPr 803)


  • To expose the student to specialized outpatient settings.
  • To increase the pharmacy student's ability to integrate previously acquired knowledge so as to make appropriate professional decisions relative to safe and effective drug use.
  • To increase the pharmacy student's proficiency in communication techniques in order to facilitate interaction with patients and other health care professionals.
  • To improve the pharmacy student's problem solving skills and professional judgment.


At the completion of this rotation, the student should have performed the stated objectives of the rotation site at a satisfactory level.

General Guidelines

  1. The first day should include a tour of the facility and a discussion of the rotation goals and objectives, rotation schedule, preceptor's expectations, and the student's previous experience and personal goals for the rotation. 
  2. The preceptor should provide information regarding areas of the department or institution they will be working in and the individuals to report to in a timely manner.  The student should also attend conferences and meetings as assigned by the preceptor.
  3. The preceptor and student should meet on a regular basis to discuss rotation activities, clinical problems, or other appropriate topics.  The student should keep a list of questions and topics to discuss at these times.  It is recommended that these meetings comprise at least five hours per week.
  4. At least one in-service or small project should be done by the student during the rotation. The audience and topic should be decided upon the preceptor and the student early in the rotation.
  5. At attempt should be made by the preceptor to individualize the experience based on the student's background.
Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: July 1, 2016
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