Community Pharmacists and Colleges of Pharmacy: The Ohio Partnership
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Objective: To develop pharmacist practice standards, pharmacy preceptor standards, and objectives for students completing advanced practice community pharmacy rotations.
Practice Description: Pharmacy schools and community pharmacies that serve as advanced practice rotation sites.
Practice Innovation: Developed standards for preceptors and objectives for student experiences.
Interventions: Focus groups that included both community pharmacists and pharmacy faculty collaborated on defining key standards for advanced community pharmacy rotations.
Main Outcome Measure: Not applicable.
Results: Three main documents were produced in this initiative, and these are provided as appendices to this article. Professional and patient care guidelines for preceptors define minimum standards for these role models. Expectations of pharmacists as preceptors provide insights for managing this student-teacher relationship, which is fundamentally different from the more common employer-employee and coworker relationships found in pharmacies of all types. Objectives for student experiences during advanced practice community pharmacy rotations present core expectations in clinical, dispensing, patient education, wellness, and drug information areas.
Conclusion: Through this collaboration, Ohio colleges of pharmacy developed a partnership with practitioners in community settings that should enhance the Ohio experiential educational program for student pharmacists. Use of the established guidelines will help educators and practitioners achieve their shared vision for advanced practice community pharmacy rotations and promote high-quality patient care.
Advanced practice rotations, preceptors, collaboration, experiential training, community pharmacy services, community-institutional relations, education, pharmacy, humans, pharmacists, schools
Sweeney, Marc A.; Mauro, Vincent F.; Cable, Gerald L.; Rudnicki, Barbara M.; Wall, Andrea L.; Murphy, Christine C.; Makarich, Joseph A.; and Kahaleh, Abir A., "Community Pharmacists and Colleges of Pharmacy: The Ohio Partnership" (2005). Pharmacy Practice Faculty Publications. 67.