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Am J Pharm Educ. 2015 Dec 25;79(10):151. doi: 10.5688/ajpe7910151.

Student-Valued Measurable Teaching Behaviors of Award-Winning Pharmacy Preceptors.

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1
University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Seattle, Washington.
2
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
3
Palomar Health, Palomar Medical Center, Escondido, California.
4
University of Washington Health Center, Rubenstein Memorial Pharmacy, Seattle, Washington.
5
University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy, Laramie, Wyoming.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify specific preceptor teaching-coaching, role modeling, and facilitating behaviors valued by pharmacy students and to develop measures of those behaviors that can be used for an experiential education quality assurance program.

METHODS:

Using a qualitative research approach, we conducted a thematic analysis of student comments about excellent preceptors to identify behaviors exhibited by those preceptors. Identified behaviors were sorted according to the preceptor's role as role model, teacher/coach, or learning facilitator; measurable descriptors for each behavior were then developed.

RESULTS:

Data analysis resulted in identification of 15 measurable behavior themes, the most frequent being: having an interest in student learning and success, making time for students, and displaying a positive preceptor attitude. Measureable descriptors were developed for 5 role-modeling behaviors, 6 teaching-coaching behaviors, and 4 facilitating behaviors.

CONCLUSION:

Preceptors may need to be evaluated in their separate roles as teacher-coach, role model, and learning facilitator. The developed measures in this report could be used in site quality evaluation.

KEYWORDS:

clinical clerkship; experiential learning; pharmacy education; preceptorship; qualitative research

PMID:
26889063
PMCID:
PMC4749899
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe7910151
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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