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Update on APPE DI Assignments

The official longitudinal Drug Information course will no longer be part of the APPE rotations. 

However, this does not mean that we don’t want students to complete DI assignments while on rotation!

We believe DI is essential for all pharmacists.  Now, each student will be responsible for his or her DI-related activities as defined by each rotation site. 

Please continue to require drug information activities as a part of your rotation.  Consider including drug information,  pharmacy related meetings, adverse event reporting, and medication error reporting.

Additionally, depending on the value to your site, consider adding a Formulary Drug Monograph, Journal Club Presentation, Practice Guideline Review, Patient Education Material, and Pharmaco-economic Analysis. 

I have also mentioned to the students that they should pursue publication of DI responses and look for opportunities to present projects as posters or abstracts at meetings. 

Finally, I have suggested a new assignment type –a reflective report.  This can take any shape, from a paragraph each week to a twice a rotation paper.  The reflection can answer questions such as: “What was your favorite thing you learned this week? What was your biggest challenge this week? What topics would you like more discussion on?  What has surprised you most about this rotation?” 

The idea behind this is to have the students document their successes and challenges while on rotation and use the reflective report as a resource for later letters of recommendation or a record of their accomplishments.  Additionally, it could provide more immediate feedback for you, the preceptors. 

Please include your assessment of the student’s DI assignments on the evaluations whenever possible.  Here is a link to a document describing DI in more detail.

Thank you so much for your understanding and flexibility as we make this transition and we welcome your feedback to this new process.

Reminder to Tucson preceptors:  First-year students to shadow fourth-years

As part of the IPPE program, first-year students will spend 6 hours shadowing a fourth-year student on rotation in Tucson.  The first-year students will be assigned a fourth-year student, and the dates/times for shadowing will be set up with the fourth-year students.

Congratulations ...

to our 2015 Preceptor of the Year and "Rookie" Preceptor of the Year!

The Preceptor of the Year and "Rookie" Preceptor of the Year are honors bestowed upon two of our exceptional preceptors.  These awards are nameds for the families that sponsor them each year.  The winners and nominees are outstanding teachers and great role models.  Their passion for pharmacy and patient care inspires and motivates students. 

Christopher Taylor, PharmD is the Boesen Family Preceptor of the Year for 2015!
Chadwick Mellen, PharmD is the Labbe Family Rookie Preceptor of the Year for 2015!

Congratulations to all our past recipients and nominees!  Click here to learn more about our awards and to view past recipients.

Preceptor Training 

Looking for some quick preceptor development ideas?  For links to preceptor programs and resources, visit this website.

Preceptors enjoy remote library access

Please remember, one of the benefits available to use is remote access to the Arizona Health Sciences Library. The process for accessing the library has recently changed. If you are interested in gaining access, please contact Estella Salgado (520-626-4450) for details.

Dr. John Gilkey and Dr. Ted Tong have put together a guide, "Internet Resources for Pharmacists".  Please click here to take a look and thank you to Drs. Gilkey and Tong for all of your hard work on this project.


Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: July 31, 2015
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