Preceptor News

We are so grateful for you and recognize that we couldn't do any of this without your continued support!

Here are our career events for the fall:

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014; 8 a.m. to noon:  Mock Interview Day on campus (we will be doing in Tucson and Phoenix)
This was a fun event where preceptors and local recruiters helped our 4th year pharmacy students practice their interviewing skills while getting to know a few of the 3rd year pharmacy students!

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014; ( 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Preceptor and Residency Showcase on campus in Tucson
This was a lively event where 3rd and 4th year pharmacy students get to mingle among tables with representatives from different pharmacy programs and companies around the nation.  This event helps 4th year students think about where they may be interested in applying for residencies and 3rd year students think about what rotation sites they want to select as a preference for APPEs.

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Career Day/Interview Fair at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center
This is a great event where pharmacists and recruiters can interview (the real thing!) our 4th year pharmacy students and talk to our students about your company.  We will help prearrange an interview schedule with interested students and provide lunch for your interview team.


 Follow this link to the webpage.

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This fall's Career Development Activities have been a success.  Thank you to all our preceptors who participated! 

If you are interested in participating in any of the activities described above next year or finding out more information,  please contact Janet Cooley.
Please see the list of important dates for the 2014-2015 year.

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 at least 3 DI responses, 1 report on a pharmacy meeting, and 2 adverse event reports or medication error reports. 

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 2014 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. 

Jaime Von Glahn, PharmD is the Boesen Family Preceptor of the Year for 2014!
Sarah Yost, PharmD is the Labbe Family Rookie Preceptor of the Year for 2014!

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: October 29, 2014
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