RESEARCH ARTICLE: Using pharmacists’ baseline knowledge to guide implementation of preceptor training at an acute-care hospital


  • Zhe Han National University of Singapore & Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • Yen Yen Tan Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • Jie Wen Phang Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • Zhining Goh Ng Teng Fong General Hospital


Clinical Practice, Continuing Education, Hospital Pharmacy, Preceptor Training, Professional Training


Background: Effective precepting is important to ensure meaningful practical learning experiences and competency for entering pharmacy practice.

Aim: To describe the design, implementation and evaluation of a workplace-based pharmacist preceptor training session at an acute-care hospital.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in the hospital’s pharmacy department. A needs analysis survey was used to identify knowledge gap. A session evaluation survey was used to evaluate satisfaction with the preceptor training session.

Results: A total of 29 pharmacists (response rate: 48.3%) completed the session evaluation survey. Majority of pharmacists reported that the session was helpful (86.2%) and they gained new insights into precepting (89.7%). Most pharmacists, including those who had attended external preceptor training, believed that workplace-based preceptor training was as valuable as such training offered by external organisations (89.7%).

Conclusion: Workplace-based pharmacist preceptor training was well-received by pharmacist preceptors and was perceived to be as useful as training offered by external organisations.

Author Biographies

Zhe Han, National University of Singapore & Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Lecturer - Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore; Principal Clinical Pharmacist - Ng Teng Fong General Hospital 

Yen Yen Tan, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Senior Pharmacist - Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Jie Wen Phang, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Senior Pharmacist - Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Zhining Goh, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Principal Pharmacist - Ng Teng Fong General Hospital


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