Preceptor's handbook for pharmacists

Preceptor's handbook for pharmacists

How do you measure the worth of the outstanding preceptors and mentors that have come into our lives? Each one of us demonstrates or exemplifies characteristics or skills that we learned along the path toward becoming the pharmacists we are today.

We have been very fortunate to have significant influences in our lives that have guided our personal and professional development. These individuals contributed toward our development as pharmacist practitioners, educators, preceptors, mentors, and leaders within our profession. They taught us to focus on each of our patients, students, and residents individually; to listen actively and communicate with empathy, compassion, and understanding; and to be active participants of a multidisciplinary team. 

Our mentors set the bar high, guided us through the learning process, and always provided positive, constructive feedback. They challenged us to look for innovative ways to change our practice for the betterment of our patients. By setting high standards, they set the example for us. 

The need for proficient, energetic preceptors has never been greater. This new edition, like the previous editions, is designed to provide pharmacists with critical information about preceptor programs around the United States and to help preceptors design a dynamic and effective experiential program at their practice site. We have identified topics that we believe are important for preceptors at all levels and practice sites. We have added two new chapters to this edition, on administrative practice and precepting in new practice models. This book is meant to be comprehensive, and topics are organized by common areas of skills or proficiencies.

To be an effective preceptor, a pharmacist should exhibit clinical competency skills, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, and also demonstrate humanistic skills, such as listening, compassion, empathy, and observation. We invited pharmacists from across the country and from different or unique practice programs to bring their expertise to this edition. The intent is for this book to be reflective on broad practice guidelines.

One of the greatest satisfactions for the pharmacist today is mentoring students, residents, and young practitioners. We are both still in contact with many of our former students and resi-dents we have had the privilege to precept. It is difficult to express the pride and satisfaction one feels as learners you have mentored and precepted develop into outstanding professionals and clinicians.

How do you measure the worth of exemplary preceptors and mentors? You cannot. You thank them for their selfless contributions by practicing and enhancing the skills and training they provided. Most importantly, you pass these gifts on to the next generation of practitioners.

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