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Preceptors wanted: EX-citing changes to EX-Ed program

April 20, 2016

Have you ever considered sharing your knowledge, skills and expertise with a pharmacy student? If yes, please consider becoming a preceptor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta.

The faculty is seeking new preceptors for its experiential education program. The plan is to expand the experiential program from 22 to 40 weeks to meet the curriculum change in the proposed PharmD program.

Given the diverse role of pharmacists, this new program will provide all students with more time in various practice settings to complement their on-campus learning. In addition, the faculty will be expanding both the patient care opportunities as well as the chance for students to experience other professional roles such as management, leadership, advocacy, research, teaching, and drug information, to name a few. The majority of additional experiential opportunities for students are being added in the fourth year of the program.

Consider your practice – how is it unique, challenging, and rewarding? Can you envision a student growing and contributing within your practice environment?

Students learn the “building blocks” in class but preceptors have the wisdom of practice. Students, like any health care professional, need pharmacists to coach and guide them on applying their knowledge/skills in order to become competent and confident future practitioners.

As the faculty embarks on preparing for new experiential preceptors and sites, all practicing pharmacists with an interest in teaching, mentoring, and coaching are invited to consider becoming a preceptor.

Check out the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website and contact the Experiential Education office by email at or phone 780-492-9780 for more information.