The college’s Preceptor Program, run through the Office of Experiential Programs, affords pharmacy students valuable opportunities to immerse themselves in pharmacy practice at sites in Florida and around the world. To prepare students to be the best clinicians, the College of Pharmacy’s rotation requirements exceed the minimum standards established by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education for Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences, or IPPE, and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences, or APPE, rotations. At UF, first-year students complete a three-week IPPE community pharmacy rotation; second-year pharmacy students complete a four-week hospital pharmacy rotation; and fourth-year students complete 11 months of rotations at community, hospital and elective practice sites.
A preceptor leads each training site and provides education and mentoring to the student. During the summer months when both APPE and IPPE students are on rotation, anywhere from 200-300 preceptors are overseeing student rotations, but more are needed to support the college’s enrollment that is approximately 1,100 students.
“Preceptors are vital to the success of our students and our program,” said Heather Hardin, Pharm.D., BCPS, C.D.E., a clinical professor and director of experiential programs. “We are always recruiting new preceptors to fill our need for community pharmacy, hospital practice, adult medicine and ambulatory care rotations. In recent years, our students have requested more elective rotations with pharmacists in nontraditional roles, such as management, consulting, clinical research and the pharmaceutical industry, so we welcome new preceptors in these areas, as well.”
The college provides preceptors with learning objectives to help set expectations and ensure minimal competencies are met. While the positions are volunteer based, Whalen said many preceptors find the experience incredibly rewarding.
Sign up to become a preceptor or call 352-273-7088