Development needs of volunteer pharmacy practice preceptors

School of Pharmacy, University of California-San Francisco, 521 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143-0622, USA.
American journal of pharmaceutical education (Impact Factor: 1.08). 02/2011; 75(1):10. DOI: 10.5688/ajpe75110
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To determine the training needs and interests of volunteer pharmacy preceptors.
Volunteer preceptors (n=576) were surveyed on various aspects of precepting and their needs related to additional training.
Two hundred thirty-six preceptors (40.9%) responded. Preceptors were less confident about enforcing attendance policies, identifying and managing unmotivated or failing students, identifying dishonesty or plagiarism, and handling conflict. While only 29.5% of respondents agreed that having an APPE student decreased their overall workload, approximately half (48.1%) indicated that student pharmacists helped them complete their daily tasks and 67.8% agreed that APPE students extended patient care. Respondents who had received training were significantly more confident than preceptors who had not received training in their abilities to clarify expectations, evaluate a student's knowledge, and foster skills related to critical thinking and problem solving.
Training programs for pharmacy preceptors are effective; however, important areas in which additional training is needed or desired were identified among both new and experienced preceptors.

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