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Acute Care Preceptors Conference University of California San Diego

Summary: Acute Care Preceptors Conference
University of California San Diego
Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
April 20, 2010
Meeting Notes
Best Practices in Acute Care Medicine at Sharp Healthcare: Dr. Pratima Patel shared
her precepting strategies and philosophy to the group. Her Powerpoint presentation,
which generated a lively and interactive discussion afterwards, is available on our
website (http://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/faculty/experiential.shtml).
The issue of student professionalism was discussed at length. Many preceptors find that
the transition from pharmacy student to pharmacy professional is sometimes a long hard-
fought transition for the students. They tend to bring their classroom habits with them
into the professional environment, e.g., lateness and attendance. In an attempt to prevent
some of this, Dr. Grant Lum, Sharp Healthcare, has a preparatory talk with each student
at the beginning of each rotation. He clearly outlines expectations regarding
professionalism and respect for his preceptors. Although sometimes the preceptors
themselves role-model the unprofessional behavior which in turn communicates to the
student that the behavior is okay and continues.
Dr. Patel utilizes a formal contract between preceptor and student at the beginning and
midpoint of each rotation. The contract emphasizes commitment to the code of conduct


Source: Abagyan, Ruben - School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California at San Diego


Collections: Biology and Medicine