March 10, 2008
Updated September 27, 2010
Dear Pharmacy Preceptor:
The Deans of the seven schools of Pharmacy in Pennsylvania want to share our collective appreciation for your hard work and dedication in contributing to the education of our student pharmacists. We write you under the umbrella of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Pharmacy Schools, a group organized to work toward better coordination of experiential teaching and other educational activities in our State.
To comply with recently released Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation standards for U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy (termed Standards 2007), we are requesting that you do the following:
To attain or maintain preceptor status for any school in Pennsylvania all preceptors will be required to complete this free program, which provides 3 contact hours of ACPE-approved continuing education credit. The new details of how to complete this are as follows, from APhA & NACDS:
More information onthis program is available on www.pharmacist.com under the section entitled "New Online CPE."
Standards 2007 requires that pharmacy preceptors receive orientation, ongoing training and development. As we implement the standard for preceptor training we are concerned that preceptors who teach for multiple schools may be unduly burdened by differing requirements. Therefore, the Coalition has endorsed the APhA/NACDS program as the minimum requirement for participating as a preceptor at any of the seven schools. As the role of the pharmacist becomes more patient-focused, our reliance on experiential education becomes even more important. Thank you again for your invaluable contributions to our programs. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact any of us or your experiential contact at your respective school.
Michael R. Jacobs, Pharm.D., Director
Lisa M. Becker, R.Ph., Experiential Education Coordinator
Leigh Godfrey-Webber, R.Ph., Experiential Education Coordinator
Elaine M. Muraresku, Administrative Assistant