Community pharmacy experiential placement: Comparison of preceptor and student perspectives in an Australian postgraduate pharmacy programme
Keywords:Work-Integrated/Experiential Learning, Community Pharmacy Placements, Preceptors, Preceptor Training, Students, Support Needs
Background: Community Pharmacy Placements are an integral component of the pharmacy curriculum. Their success relies heavily on the willingness and capability of pharmacists to precept.
Aims: To explore community pharmacy preceptors’ perceptions about factors that assist them facilitate student learning, and the corresponding pharmacy students’ perception of their experiential learning.
Method: Preceptors (n=75) and their preceptees (n=83) were asked to complete anonymous surveys immediately following the placement. Descriptive statistics were conducted on surveys returned [53 preceptors, 51 students].
Results: Preceptors positively rated support from the University and their teams. Students rated their experiential placement as productive. Preceptors indicated difficulty preceptoring in busy and complex situations.
Conclusion: Placements are valuable for preceptees. Preceptors are supported through information provided by the University, however guidance could be provided around managing students in complex and difficult situations. Quality pharmacy preceptor guidance should ensure continuation of positive learning experiences for students.
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