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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 226

Standardization of Rotation Schedules for Pharmacy Students' Advanced Practice Rotations and Potential Impact on Rotation Site Availability

1 Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia, USA
2 MacDonald's Pharmacy, Harrisonville, PA, USA

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M L Brackbill
BJD School of Pharmacy 1775 North Sector Court Winchester, Va 22601
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 20029747

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Background: Increasing enrollment in pharmacy schools has led to a shortage of adequate advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) sites. Objective: We sought to assess our preceptors' support for a standardized rotation schedule for the multiple schools that compete for APPE sites in our area. A secondary objective was to ascertain preceptors' beliefs about the impact a regional standardized rotation schedule might have on the number of students their sites would be able to accept on rotation. Methods: A short questionnaire was developed. All APPE preceptors at our institution were invited to participate by e-mail, telephone and/or U.S. mail. Results: A total of 232 preceptors were contacted; questionnaires were returned by 133 preceptors (57%). A proposed region-wide rotation schedule was supported by 75.2% of respondents. Most (79%) believed that the standardization of schedules will not affect the number of students they will be able to accommodate on rotations, while 18.1% believed the new schedule will allow them to accept more students. Conclusion: APPE preceptors in our area generally support standardization of pharmacy students' community rotation schedules, and this may increase the APPE availability but perhaps for only a minority of sites.

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