APhA introduces preceptor training tool

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association on Thursday unveiled a new tool for enterprising pharmacists interested in mentoring up-and-coming pharmacy students with its new APhA Advanced Preceptor Training. This training program aims to provide a formal curriculum for preceptors at all practice sites who interact with student pharmacists and residents.
“Preceptors are extremely important for the next generation of pharmacists and this all-encompassing curriculum will ensure preceptors are prepared to help students succeed," stated Shelby Englert, associate VP, education and training, APhA. 
The Advanced Preceptor Training is a self-paced, online-only training program that will provide 13 hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. Following the completion of this prerequisite, participants will use the self-assessment to identify their individual educational needs. Armed with that knowledge, the participant will select 10 activities within the content tracks that include: Getting Started as a Preceptor, Working Effectively with Student Pharmacists; Building Clinical Confidence; and Cultivating Interprofessional Education.
For pharmacists who currently serve as a preceptor, this program will give access to peer-developed content, which will provide additional knowledge and tools to enhance the experiential education process for learners, their student pharmacists and residents. For new preceptors, the APhA Advanced Preceptor Training will provide a strong foundation to get started in the new role of a preceptor, the association suggested.

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