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Thank you, preceptors!

November 16, 2016

 note of appreciation from the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

It has been another remarkable year of growth at the Faculty of Pharmacy, in the classroom and out in the field. Our preceptors are an invaluable catalyst for student learning bringing theoretical knowledge to life. With the wealth of information our incredible preceptors instill, students are working hard to integrate knowledge acquired in the classroom to their diverse practice settings.

In the past year, nearly 500 preceptors participated in the education of U of A Pharmacy students. It is with great pride that we acknowledge their contributions to the development of future pharmacists. Pharmacy students traveled the province, visiting 50 communities, which included 136 community pharmacies, 9 primary care networks, and 60 institutional sites where students were exposed to ambulatory, acute and long term care experiences. Click here to access our Academy of Preceptors for the 2015-16 academic year.

Our students are grateful for the opportunities provided at practice sites throughout the province; participation in inter-professional teams, special projects, and ultimately developing their confidence through practice. Students have shared noteworthy sentiments we’d like to share;

“My preceptor was the perfect balance of supervisor, manager, educator and colleague. Each opportunity I had she was there to assist me.” 

“He allowed for open dialogue and discussion and wouldn’t just provide me with the answers. He would challenge me to think critically and come to my own conclusions.” 

“I am truly grateful for such an experience. I developed my knowledge, skills and confidence. I believe following this rotation I am capable of being a successful pharmacist.” 

Preceptors from across the province were nominated this year for exceptional teaching and mentorship in each of the experiential education courses. Of nearly 500 active preceptors in 2015/16, six recipients have been chosen for the Preceptor of the Year Awards. This student-nominated award asks students to provide examples of how his/her preceptor demonstrates effective preceptorship skills, professionalism, and exemplifies a positive role model in practice, and overall, made the student’s experience outstanding. The award consists of a cash award of $300, and a glass plaque as a memento of this accolade, generously sponsored by TEVA Canada. We proudly congratulate the following recipients of Preceptor of the Year for 2015-16:

Pharm 305 | Taria Gouw
Pharm 316 | Lorraine Delano & Serena Bains
Pharm 426 | Craig MacAlpine 
Pharm 428 | Charles Au 
PharmD | Matt Mink 

A staggering 91 recipients have also been nominated to receive Preceptor Recognition Awards! The 2015/16 Recognition Program recognizes preceptors who engage students to reflect on important areas of practice and professional development. Please visit our website for a complete listing of these phenomenal preceptors!

We thank all preceptors for their dedication and support. We could not graduate competent and confident pharmacists without our preceptors’ commitment to student education. Thank you!

Submitted by the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences