Pharmacy and Wellness Review


Introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) hours are a means of integrating experiential education as a key role early on in pharmacy education. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has offered little guidance on mandatory and specific objectives to accomplish during IPPE hours, thus it is possible that preceptors do not feel adequately prepared, nor do they have a full understanding of what is required of them when they agree to precept an IPPE student. Given the lack of previous research conducted, the objective of this study was to obtain an understanding of the general attitude that preceptors have toward IPPE hours. A self-administered Internet-based questionnaire was completed by 100 respondents. The survey included multiple choice, Likert-type scale (1 =strongly disagree to 7 =strongly agree), sliding scale, and open-ended questions assessing preceptor's knowledge of academic IPPE hour requirements, college of pharmacy expectations, time commitment and work site issues, expectations of the student, formality of IPPE hours, personal experience as a preceptor, an open-ended response and demographic information. Upon analyzing the data, researchers found that respondents presented with a generally positive attitude regarding IPPE hours (5.79 ± 1.03). Respondents expressed a desire to receive a zero to two hour online preceptor training (5.17 ± 1.25). In general, pharmacists indicated sufficient staffing to accommodate IPPE students (3.92 ± 1.38) and were undecided regarding monetary reimbursement (4.39 ± 1.53). Survey participants preferred receiving a guided checklist of activities for completion (S.45 ± 1.27), student resume (5.19 ± 1.30) and previous didactic course work (S.33 ± 1.41); however, survey participants expressed a desire for flexibility in determining the specifics of the experience (5.41 ± 1.11) while having students complete hours in a more concentrated time frame (5.19 ± 1.44). This exploratory research project was conducted to serve as baseline data to stimulate further investigation regarding IPPE hours.



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