Wilkes University

Pharmacy Residency Teaching and Learning Program

Pharmacy Precepting and Learning Program 

Wilkes University School of Pharmacy's Precepting and Learning Program (PLP) was originally launched in 2007 as the Teaching and Learning Program and restructured in 2017 to the current form. The PLP is geared toward both pharmacists and pharmacy residents who have preceptor roles as part of their professional responsibilities. The program is designed to develop and expand clinical precepting skills. Wilkes University takes pride in delivering a highly personalized education to our students, and we have developed the PLP with the same approach.

The PLP program is a 10-month learning experience that offers a curriculum of face-to-face continuing education programming from August through May. In addition to developing the instructor's foundational knowledge of precepting, the program also offers several opportunities for hands-on preceptor tool development.

An important aspect of our program is integrating meaningful opportunities to apply skills in real teaching environments. Participants of the PLP practice and apply their training as section leaders for a service learning course (Longitudinal Care) and have the opportunity to develop and deliver a classroom lecture. As a section leader in Longitudinal Care, resident instructors facilitate small group learning (5-6 students) every other week over two semesters. In the classroom teaching, instructors manage a large classroom experience with enhanced lecture and active learning activities. Participants are also welcome to participate in other aspects of the School of Pharmacy curriculum at their residency program's discretion. Opportunities include leading a topic for a section of Pharmacy Care Lab, OSCE development and evaluation, and participating in Interprofessional Education events. Finally, participants will likely precept Introductory and/or Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience students (IPPE/APPE) at their practice sites.

For more information on the PLP, contact the program coordinator, Dr. Judith DeLuca.