New Preceptor Orientation

The Island Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program makes every effort to observe the relevant CPRB Accreditation Standard and associated requirements for its preceptors:


CPRB Standard 2.1.4 - Preceptors

“The resident shall be precepted by qualified pharmacists or, in the case of learning experiences in pharmacy operations, qualified pharmacy technicians who have the experience, desire and aptitude to teach.”



  1. A preceptor shall have the knowledge, skills and practice experience to act as a role model and to assist  in the development of the resident’s skills.
    • A defined process shall be used for orientation of new preceptors
    • Continuing preceptorship development shall be made available to all instructional staff
  2. A primary preceptor shall be designated for each rotation.
    • The primary preceptor shall be responsible to ensure that a training plan is established and that all assessments are completed.
    • Co-preceptors or secondary preceptors from professions other than pharmacy may be appointed to assist in the delivery of the educational experience, but such preceptors shall be fully apprised of rotation objectives, resident’s progress to date, and assessment expectations.
    • The preceptor shall develop specific goals and objectives for the resident in consultation with the program director or coordinator. Rotation goals and objectives shall be reviewed annually.
    • The program director or a designated pharmacist manager should serve as the primary preceptor for program activities related to the leadership and management
  3. Time shall be allocated for instruction, observation and assessment of the resident in each rotation.
  4. The preceptor shall review and confirm learning goals and objectives with the resident at the beginning of the rotation.
  5. The preceptor shall provide timely and regular feedback to, and assessment of, the resident.
  6. The preceptor shall be committed to self-assessment and making active use of constructive feedback provided by the resident, coordinator, program director, and (where applicable) other preceptors. 

Requirements for First-Time Preceptors

The quality of our graduates is a direct reflection of the quality of our preceptors. Our program is committed to providing high calibre training that delivers on the six core competencies laid out in the 2010 CPRB Accreditation Standards.

To ensure a high standard of preceptorship in our program, first-time residency preceptors are required to have done the following:

  • Reviewed the CPRB standard and requirements for program preceptors
  • Served as primary preceptor to two or more undergraduate pharmacy students during their experiential rotations
  • Completed the E-Tips for Practice Education Modules or equivalent course for providing experiential training
  • Participated in an orientation session with the Program Coordinator, which will address:
    • Orientation to the CPRB Accreditation Standards document
    • General preparation for a resident rotation
    • Setting clear and meaningful learning objectives for residency rotations using the standard template
    • Giving effective and meaningful feedback to residents
    • How to complete all necessary evaluation forms during a resident rotation

Each preceptor in the Island Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program plays a significant role in the development and training of the next generation of clinical pharmacists. It is essential that each preceptor is aware of the responsibility they carry. In addition to the specific requirements outlined above, all preceptors are expected to:

  • Maintain expertise in their area of preceptorship
  • Demonstrate a practice of self-reflection and commitment to continuous improvement of rotation format/content and precepting technique.
  • Support each resident in their pursuit of successful completion of their residency year
  • Support the program in ensuring that it operates in alignment with accreditation standards and requirements