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By Laura Hencken, Pharm.D., BCCCP, clinical pharmacist, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich.
The ASHP Accreditation Standards for PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Programs contains a standard for requirements for the residency program director and preceptors.1 This standard specifies six preceptor qualifications that preceptors should meet to demonstrate the ability to precept residents' learning experiences.Preceptors need to meet one of the qualifying characteristics in each of the six preceptor qualifications. The six preceptor qualifications are:1
1. Demonstrating the ability to precept residents' learning experiences by use of clinical teaching roles (instructing, modeling, coaching, facilitating) at the level required by residents
2. The ability to assess residents' performance
3. Recognition in the area of pharmacy practice for which they serve as preceptors
4. An established, active practice in the area for which they serve as preceptors
5. Maintenance of continuity of practice during the time of residents' learning experiences
6. Ongoing professionalism, including a personal commitment to advancing the profession
Programs and preceptors may find it difficult to meet these qualifications for all preceptors within their program. In fact, 69 percent of PGY-1 programs are cited as not meeting this standard.2 Therefore, there is room for residency programs to improve in meeting preceptor qualifications.
The Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and Michigan Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP) provide multiple opportunities for preceptor development and professional development. The MSHP Residency Committee reviewed the preceptor qualifications to identify ways the organizations might be able to help individual preceptors and PGY-1 programs meet requirements. Below is a table that details how each preceptor qualification can be met through MPA and/or MSHP. Residency program directors and preceptors can use this information to enhance preceptor training and to provide activities which foster professional growth.
Preceptor Qualification
Opportunity Through MPA or MSHP
Clinical Teaching Role & Ability to Assess Performance
MPA and MSHP provide education sessions and webinars directed at improving preceptor teaching skills and assessing a trainee's performance. See the Education and Events section of the MPA website for more information at
Recognition in Area of Practice
MPA and MSHP provide opportunities for preceptors to be recognized for their area of practice and their service at the local, state and national levels. The Fellow of MPA Award recognizes an individual's achievements and dedication to the practice of pharmacy and the community. Additionally, active participation in MPA and MSHP help fulfill the ASHP qualifications for Fellow status with ASHP.
More information about MPA and MSHP recognition opportunities can be found on the MPA website in August 2019.
Active in Established Practice Area
MPA and MSHP committees and task forces provide opportunities for active involvement in one's established areas of practice. A list of volunteer opportunities and applications can be found at the MPA website in August 2019.
For a list of opportunities within MPA and MSHP for preceptors to demonstrate continued professional development please see information at the MPA website in August 2019.
If you are interested in volunteering to present an education session in your area of expertise, submit an education session application found at

Since this article is being published near the start of the new residency year and MSHP committee interest forms are due, it may be helpful for your preceptors to evaluate how they want to get involved with MSHP. The committee interest form can be found at You must be a member of MSHP and logged in to the website to view the form. There are also multiple opportunities to recognize Michigan preceptors by nominating them for an award. Additionally, preceptors or program directors might not be aware of the Fellow of MPA Award, recognizing individual achievement and dedication to pharmacy practice. Please visit the website to learn more about these opportunities at
ASHP Accreditation Standard for Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency Programs. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 2016. Accessed May 31, 2019.
2. The Communique. American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Spring 2019. Volume 22. Issue
3. Accessed May 31, 2019.

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