"I will utilize my knowledge, skills, experiences, and values to prepare the next generation of pharmacists."
– Oath of a Pharmacist
Top 5 Reasons to be a Preceptor
- Share your knowledge and experience with student pharmacists
- Be recognized as a role model and mentor
- Constantly improve your clinical and teaching skills
- Help shape the future of pharmacy
- Give back to the profession
Preceptors are essential for the PharmD program to augment students’ classroom education by providing learning experiences in many aspects of contemporary pharmacy practice. Assuring the optimal preparation of future pharmacists to improve health outcomes of the patients and populations they serve, preceptors serve as instructors, role models, and mentors, providing students with invaluable exposure to the ‘real world’ of pharmacy practice. They also influence the behaviors, opinions, and attitudes that students will carry throughout their careers. Therefore, retaining exemplary preceptor faculty in the field is essential to the mission of the School.
How to Become a Preceptor
The Preceptor Information and Application Packet will familiarize you with the criteria and responsibilities of practice sites and preceptors, describe more preceptor training resources, and provide a preceptor checklist to help you get started. Click the link to log in to the online application (CORE ELMS) and use the Institution Code 'VCUPRECEPTOR.'
CORE ELMS (Experiential Learning Management System) Account
Preceptors are provided a user name and password to access CORE ELMS to provide site and rotation information, view schedule of assigned students, and to perform student evaluations.
Annual awards recognize outstanding and exemplary APPE preceptors who have distinguished themselves as preceptors as nominated by P4 students according to specific criteria:
- stimulates active independent and guided learning with constructive feedback;
- demonstrates interest in and enthusiasm for teaching;
- is inspiring and passionate about the profession;
- is accessible to students and organized;
- demonstrates professionalism, leadership, and management skills;
- is active in the profession and in professional organizations; and
- is an excellent communicator and positive role model with well-developed interpersonal skills.