Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program

We believe that pharmacy clinicians should be great teachers, no matter where you practice.


The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (UACOP) first developed a program to enhance resident teaching skills in 2001, one of the first residencies in the US to have such a program (Castellani V, Haber SL, Ellis SC Evaluation of a teaching certificate program for pharmacy residents. Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2003; 60:1037-41). The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) residency accreditation standards note that delivering effective education is a foundational skill that should be taught during a residency program. Despite the tremendous diversity among our residents and their subsequent careers, most if not all of our residency graduates will be teachers and educators—as preceptors of students and resident, for patients, other health professionals and in academia. The Pharmacy Resident Scholars in Teaching and Learning (PRSTL) program is offered and coordinated by the College of Pharmacy, and we welcome residents from any program to join.


The goal of PRSTL is to provide pharmacy residents with a structured educational program to enhance teaching skills in the most common educational settings. The goals of the program will be achieved by resident participation in discussions and workshops, completion of active assignments and a variety of actual teaching experiences. Each resident in the program will work under the guidance and supervision of a teaching mentor to assure that the goals are being achieved.


  1. Gain foundational knowledge in educational theory, principles of learning and effective teaching techniques
  2. Develop a personal written teaching philosophy
  3. Develop and demonstrate proficiency in the development, delivery and assessment of a variety of effective instructional methods including small group facilitation, large group learning, active learning, OSCEs and precepting
  4. Cultivate a mentee-mentor relationship to gain feedback throughout the program
  5. Demonstrate the ability to effectively assess student performance
  6. Create and maintain a teaching portfolio

PRSTL Components

  • Discussions and workshops (active learning experiences)
    • Teaching philosophies and methodologies (pedagogy)
    • Review of residents’ teaching philosophies
    • Teaching portfolios
    • Student precepting
    • Dealing with difficult students
    • Leadership
    • Small group facilitation
    • Large group teaching
    • Flipped classroom and other new teaching methods— theory and practice
    • Student assessment
    • Writing objectives and exam questions
    • Student engagement, motivation and professionalism
    • Online and distance teaching
    • Careers in academia
    • Course and curriculum development; CAPE and ACPE
    • Academic integrity; student teacher relationships; social media
    • Scholarship of teaching (research)
    • Developing a residency; residency learning experiences; accreditation
  • Active assignments
    • Complete VARK learning styles, Grasha-Reichmann Teaching Style Survey and Teaching Perspectives Inventory
    • Development of a teaching philosophy
    • Writing and maintaining a teaching portfolio
    • Writing educational objectives and exam questions
  • Actual teaching (minimum number, all must be formally evaluated)
    • CE style lecture targeted to pharmacists
    • Student large group teaching/lecture OR formal student topic discussion
    • Small group facilitation (e.g. case discussions)
    • Observed Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)
    • Student co-precepting  
  • Types of resident presentations
    • Case presentations and clinical pearls
    • Journal club
    • CE presentation

For additional information about the PRSTL Program, please contact:

Michael Katz, PharmD
Director, Residency Programs
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
1295 N. Martin Ave.
Tucson AZ  85721
Phone: (520) 626-8774
Email: katz@pharmacy.arizona.edu