A preceptor is a practicing, licensed pharmacist who plays a vital role in the education of our pharmacy students. A preceptor is more than a teacher. Teachers provide students with required information, whereas preceptors facilitate a learning experience in which students take greater responsibility for their own learning. In addition to maintaining his or her own high quality patient-centered pharmacy practice, a successful preceptor will demonstrate genuine interest in teaching, develop trusting relationships, foster respect, cultivate professionalism, promote cultural sensitivity, encourage learning, and be a positive mentor.

Expectations to help ensure a high-quality experience for our students, preceptors:

  • Commit time and expertise.
  • Are accessible to students.
  • Structure the experience to meet student learning goals and objectives.
  • Use reflection to help students learn from experiences.
  • Provide frequent, balanced, and constructive feedback.
  • Model professional practice, attitudes and behaviors.
  • Provide opportunities for the student to participate in site functions.
  • Guide and teach students, but promote independence and self-directed learning.
  • Encourage awareness, knowledge and skills needed to display cultural competence in all interactions.

Criteria for faculty appointment as a preceptor include:

  • The ability to provide a high-quality learning experience that meets the learning objectives established by the College of Pharmacy.
  • Pharmacy licensure in good standing with a state board of pharmacy.
  • Approved as a preceptor by the state board of pharmacy (if applicable in the licensure state).
  • Completion and submission of all adjunct faculty appointment forms.
  • Completion of the required College of Pharmacy preceptor orientation program.         

If you are interested in developing a pharmacy practice experience site for students from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, please contact the Office of Experiential Education via email at cop-et@umich.edu and include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Site name and address
  • Preferred email and telephone number for follow-up
  • Statement (300 words or less) telling us why you want to take students at your site.

Please note: An Affiliation Agreement between the College and the site is required prior to any student placement. If your site is approved, the Office of Experiential Education will send you an agreement for your consideration and signature(s). The document must be signed by someone with legal authority at your site.

 The College of Pharmacy must maintain an Affiliation Agreement (AA) with all experiential education sites. The AA is typically effective for 7 years and may be renewed after the agreement expires. With the affiliation agreement, the College and the site establish a partnership for the purpose of providing educational experiences to pharmacy students.

A. The College of Pharmacy initiates an AA with a new site using the UM College of Pharmacy template. If the site agrees to use the template, the following steps occur:

  • The College creates a new AA using the agreement template and the information provided by the site
  • College sends 2 copies of the AA to the site for signatures
  • AA is returned to the College
  • The College of Pharmacy Dean signs the AA
  • College sends the AA to the the Office of General (OGC) Counsel's Legal Department for final review and signature from the Senior Vice Provost
  • OGC sends the originals back to the College
  • College sends one original to the site
  • College files the second original

B. If the site indicates that they need to use their own template, the process varies from site to site, but generally follows these steps:

  • The Office of Experiential Education reviews the document and forwards it to the OGC Legal Department for review
  • OGC looks at the document from the legal standpoint and communicate with the College, the College then communicates with the site any potential changes that must be made prior to agreement being finalized 
  • Once AA agreement is finalized it is sent to site for signature and then returned for College and OGC signature
  • College completes the AA by following the process indicated above

Practice Site Benefits: Our students are excited and motivated to help with the daily workload that helps them engage in this professional experience. They can also help implement new programs and services within the pharmacy.

It promotes your field: Everyone has something to offer. As long as you are passionate about what you do, you can be a very successful mentor. When we talk to preceptors, we quickly learn that mentoring students is a source of gratification.

It will keep you on your toes: Through interacting with our students, you will be aware of the latest educational trends, research, and advances within your field.

University of Michigan Computing Resources: Each adjunct faculty member is assigned a uniqname (pronounced unique name) and Kerberos password and a UMID number.

  • University of Michigan Online Directory. This is a database of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. You can access this directory at: https://mcommunity.umich.edu/.
  • Email account. A University of Michigan email account can be created if desired for adjunct faculty members. Please contact the OEE for more information.

Mcard: The Mcard is the University of Michigan's single-card program that combines many features.

  • Process for obtaining an Mcard. Contact the OEE and we will provide you with a request form that must be taken to an Mcard issuing station on the Ann Arbor campus. The cost of the card is covered by the College of Pharmacy, but a replacement fee will apply for lost or damaged cards and is the responsibility of the cardholder.
  • Mcard discounts. There are added benefits to the Mcard including discounts at many area merchants, companies, and organizations. This includes riding any AATA fixed bus route for free. For more information, visit http://www.finance.umich.edu/treasury/mcard/discounts.

University of Michigan Library Resources: The libraries maintain extensive collections of electronic journals and newspapers, including the electronic resources of Taubman Health Sciences Library. To access these libraries visit http://www.lib.umich.edu/; you will need your uniqname and Kerberos password for some resources. Adjunct clinical faculty members who wish to check out books or other library materials must obtain an Mcard.

Career Services:  The College of Pharmacy is here to assist you in filling open internship positions or permanent pharmacist jobs.  We are able to arrange on-campus interviews with students as well as post open positions on our electronic job board. Please contact us at cop.careerconnections@umich.edu.

Continuing Education: As a benefit to our preceptors, we are pleased to provide access to CEImpact (CEI) Preceptor and Pharmacist Libraries.  This allows preceptors to gain access to online resources, practical tools, continuing education and group discussions designed to advance teaching skills and engage students.  As part of our onboarding process, preceptors are required to complete three online CEI modules prior to having students on site.  University of Michigan College of Pharmacy preceptors are also able to complete additional continuing education modules within the “Preceptors” section of the ceimpact.com website at no cost. 

In addition, the College of Pharmacy sponsors several continuing educational sessions each year, with the opportunity of earning up to 12 hours of credit at no cost to you. These programs include the Tom D. Rowe Annual Pharmacy Lectures, the Preceptor Education and Recognition Symposium, and the Preceptor Education Workshop held as part of Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention and Exposition (MPA-ACE).

Preceptor Recognition: Each year we recognize one outstanding preceptor as Preceptor of the Year, which is an honor bestowed upon an exceptional College of Pharmacy volunteer faculty preceptor. Preceptors are nominated by students or colleagues, then one individual is selected for this award by a committee of their peers. We also acknowledge preceptors who have shown dedication to our program by recognizing preceptors who have reached a milestone in years of service in 5-year increments.

University of Michigan Golf Course: Adjunct clinical faculty members pay faculty/staff rates upon presentation of their Mcard. The golf course is located at 500 East Stadium Boulevard. Additional information is available via telephone at (734) 615-GOLF or at http://www.mgoblue.com/facilities/golf-course.html.

Complimentary admission to select home athletic events: By showing your Mcard, you can gain free admission to select home athletic events including women’s basketball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, volleyball, wrestling, softball, baseball, swimming and diving, tennis, soccer, field hockey, and track & field events. Please note that this does not include men’s football, basketball, or hockey.Department of Recreational Sports Membership: Adjunct clinical faculty members are eligible for membership to the Department of Recreational Sports facilities and programs. Additional information is available at https://recsports.umich.edu/memberships.

Becoming a Preceptor

Criteria for faculty appointment as a preceptor include:

  • The ability to provide a high-quality learning experience that meets the learning objectives established by the College of Pharmacy.
  • Pharmacy licensure in good standing with a state board of pharmacy.
  • Approved as a preceptor by the state board of pharmacy (if applicable in the licensure state).
  • Completion and submission of all adjunct faculty appointment forms.
  • Completion of the required College of Pharmacy preceptor orientation program.         

If you are interested in developing a pharmacy practice experience site for students from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, please contact the Office of Experiential Education via email at cop-et@umich.edu and include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Site name and address
  • Preferred email and telephone number for follow-up
  • Statement (300 words or less) telling us why you want to take students at your site.

Please note: An Affiliation Agreement between the College and the site is required prior to any student placement. If your site is approved, the Office of Experiential Education will send you an agreement for your consideration and signature(s). The document must be signed by someone with legal authority at your site.

Affiliation Agreement Process

 The College of Pharmacy must maintain an Affiliation Agreement (AA) with all experiential education sites. The AA is typically effective for 7 years and may be renewed after the agreement expires. With the affiliation agreement, the College and the site establish a partnership for the purpose of providing educational experiences to pharmacy students.

A. The College of Pharmacy initiates an AA with a new site using the UM College of Pharmacy template. If the site agrees to use the template, the following steps occur:

  • The College creates a new AA using the agreement template and the information provided by the site
  • College sends 2 copies of the AA to the site for signatures
  • AA is returned to the College
  • The College of Pharmacy Dean signs the AA
  • College sends the AA to the the Office of General (OGC) Counsel's Legal Department for final review and signature from the Senior Vice Provost
  • OGC sends the originals back to the College
  • College sends one original to the site
  • College files the second original

B. If the site indicates that they need to use their own template, the process varies from site to site, but generally follows these steps:

  • The Office of Experiential Education reviews the document and forwards it to the OGC Legal Department for review
  • OGC looks at the document from the legal standpoint and communicate with the College, the College then communicates with the site any potential changes that must be made prior to agreement being finalized 
  • Once AA agreement is finalized it is sent to site for signature and then returned for College and OGC signature
  • College completes the AA by following the process indicated above
Preceptor Benefits

Practice Site Benefits: Our students are excited and motivated to help with the daily workload that helps them engage in this professional experience. They can also help implement new programs and services within the pharmacy.

It promotes your field: Everyone has something to offer. As long as you are passionate about what you do, you can be a very successful mentor. When we talk to preceptors, we quickly learn that mentoring students is a source of gratification.

It will keep you on your toes: Through interacting with our students, you will be aware of the latest educational trends, research, and advances within your field.

University of Michigan Computing Resources: Each adjunct faculty member is assigned a uniqname (pronounced unique name) and Kerberos password and a UMID number.

  • University of Michigan Online Directory. This is a database of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. You can access this directory at: https://mcommunity.umich.edu/.
  • Email account. A University of Michigan email account can be created if desired for adjunct faculty members. Please contact the OEE for more information.

Mcard: The Mcard is the University of Michigan's single-card program that combines many features.

  • Process for obtaining an Mcard. Contact the OEE and we will provide you with a request form that must be taken to an Mcard issuing station on the Ann Arbor campus. The cost of the card is covered by the College of Pharmacy, but a replacement fee will apply for lost or damaged cards and is the responsibility of the cardholder.
  • Mcard discounts. There are added benefits to the Mcard including discounts at many area merchants, companies, and organizations. This includes riding any AATA fixed bus route for free. For more information, visit http://www.finance.umich.edu/treasury/mcard/discounts.

University of Michigan Library Resources: The libraries maintain extensive collections of electronic journals and newspapers, including the electronic resources of Taubman Health Sciences Library. To access these libraries visit http://www.lib.umich.edu/; you will need your uniqname and Kerberos password for some resources. Adjunct clinical faculty members who wish to check out books or other library materials must obtain an Mcard.

Career Services:  The College of Pharmacy is here to assist you in filling open internship positions or permanent pharmacist jobs.  We are able to arrange on-campus interviews with students as well as post open positions on our electronic job board. Please contact us at cop.careerconnections@umich.edu.

Continuing Education: As a benefit to our preceptors, we are pleased to provide access to CEImpact (CEI) Preceptor and Pharmacist Libraries.  This allows preceptors to gain access to online resources, practical tools, continuing education and group discussions designed to advance teaching skills and engage students.  As part of our onboarding process, preceptors are required to complete three online CEI modules prior to having students on site.  University of Michigan College of Pharmacy preceptors are also able to complete additional continuing education modules within the “Preceptors” section of the ceimpact.com website at no cost. 

In addition, the College of Pharmacy sponsors several continuing educational sessions each year, with the opportunity of earning up to 12 hours of credit at no cost to you. These programs include the Tom D. Rowe Annual Pharmacy Lectures, the Preceptor Education and Recognition Symposium, and the Preceptor Education Workshop held as part of Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention and Exposition (MPA-ACE).

Preceptor Recognition: Each year we recognize one outstanding preceptor as Preceptor of the Year, which is an honor bestowed upon an exceptional College of Pharmacy volunteer faculty preceptor. Preceptors are nominated by students or colleagues, then one individual is selected for this award by a committee of their peers. We also acknowledge preceptors who have shown dedication to our program by recognizing preceptors who have reached a milestone in years of service in 5-year increments.

University of Michigan Golf Course: Adjunct clinical faculty members pay faculty/staff rates upon presentation of their Mcard. The golf course is located at 500 East Stadium Boulevard. Additional information is available via telephone at (734) 615-GOLF or at http://www.mgoblue.com/facilities/golf-course.html.

Complimentary admission to select home athletic events: By showing your Mcard, you can gain free admission to select home athletic events including women’s basketball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, volleyball, wrestling, softball, baseball, swimming and diving, tennis, soccer, field hockey, and track & field events. Please note that this does not include men’s football, basketball, or hockey.Department of Recreational Sports Membership: Adjunct clinical faculty members are eligible for membership to the Department of Recreational Sports facilities and programs. Additional information is available at https://recsports.umich.edu/memberships.

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Monday, August 26, 2013
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