"I will utilize my knowledge, skills, experiences, and values to prepare the next generation of pharmacists."
– Oath of a Pharmacist


Preceptors are essential for the Pharm.D. program to augment students’ classroom education by providing learning experiences in many aspects of contemporary pharmacy practice. 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. Retaining exemplary preceptor faculty in the field is essential to the mission of the school.

Preceptors are offered library access as well as access to CEImpact, which offers training on topics of interest to preceptors (some have a charge and others are free). Preceptors are also advised of events held by the Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation and they receive updates and newsletters from the Office of Experiential Education.

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.'

Preceptor Info and Application

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.

2023 Recipients

Preceptor of the Year
marjan daneshmand holding a plaque
Marjan Daneshmand, Pharm.D.
Virginia Hospital Center
Outstanding Partner Award
maria achilleos and katherine collins holding awards
Maria Achilleos, Pharm.D., and Katherine Collins, Pharm.D.
Sentara Health System, Tidewater Clinical Coordinators
Outstanding Preceptor Award Winners
aric anderson holding an award plaque
Aric Anderson, Pharm.D.
Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center
lauren caldis holding an award plaque
Lauren Caldas, Pharm.D.
VCU School of Pharmacy
susan florin holding an award plaque
Susan Florin, Pharm.D.
travis gatesman holding an award plaque
Travis Gatesman, Pharm.D.
VCU Health System
leigh anne gravett holding an award plaque
Leigh Anne Hylton Gravett, Pharm.D.
VCU School of Pharmacy
kiara lorenz holding an award plaque
Kiara Lorenz, Pharm.D.
Virginia Hospital Center

andrew moyer holding an award plaque
Andrew Moyer, Pharm.D.
Augusta Health
jennifer pham holding an award plaque
Jennifer Pham, Pharm.D.