Become a Practice Educator
Are you looking to infuse your work with more meaning? Are you passionate about pharmacy practice? Do you feel like you've got a ton of experience to share? Then consider joining us as clinical faculty. UBC Pharm Sci graduates over 200 skilled, caring and competent pharmacists each year—but we can't do it without people like you. Our practice educators are a vital link in our students' transition from theory to practice, providing learners with opportunities to apply their didactic knowledge in a clinical setting. It's the one aspect of learning that we just can't cover in the classroom. In addition, practice educators provide learners with individualized attention and feedback—an invaluable aspect of real-world learning.
There are Many Benefits of Working with UBC Pharm Sci as Clinical Faculty
First and foremost, you are taking an active role in mentoring the pharmacists of the future—preparing them to think on their feet, be responsive to and compassionate with patients, and stay abreast of changes within the industry. In addition to the personal reward you'll feel for making such an outstanding contribution, you'll be on the receiving end of cutting-edge knowledge and innovative ideas from the students you're mentoring. These nascent professionals are active learners—not observers—who are eager to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to a real work environment. They are motivated to learn about pharmacy practice, and the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice further fuels this motivation. Another great thing about being a practice educator? Your students can assist with organizing and administering preventative programs like cholesterol screening, blood pressure monitoring, sleep assessments, medication adherence and diabetes clinics.
Joining our clinical faculty team is a win-win-win—for practice educators, for students, and for your site. Let's dig a little further into the benefits, including:
- your influence in training student pharmacists to provide superior care and improve patient health care outcomes;
- the added value of working alongside student pharmacists who are educated to enhance patient care initiatives and can contribute to initiatives like projects, medication therapy management, adaptation and medication reconciliation;
- enjoying the opportunity, for both yourself and your pharmacy team, to learn from the students—from their new knowledge, their innovative ideas and their own rich personal histories;
- developing your and your pharmacy team's experience and skill as educators and supervisors;
- attracting pharmacy students to the organization by helping to create a powerful network of reputable practice educators province-wide; and
- partnering with UBC on projects and research initiatives.
Practice Educator Perks
As a practice educator, you are providing a tremendous service to our students, not to mention patients across BC. And to show our thanks, we're offering you a few perks in return. All you need is one simple card.
UBC Alumni Card
Are you an alumnus of UBC? If you are, you automatically qualify for a free UBC Alumni card, which connects you with terrific discounts both on and off campus (see below). Learn more here.
If you're not UBC alumni, you can still get deals and perks through your UBCcard. This is UBC's official identification document. To get your UBCcard, please contact our office.
Once you've got your card, you will register for your Campus Wide Login (CWL). This is the key to the city! The CWL is UBC's single sign-on authentication system, designed to give you access to UBC's online applications. One username, one password. Learn more about the UBCcard here.
Practice Educator of the Year Award
To honour our dedicated and skilled clinical faculty, we are also proud to offer the Practice Educator of the Year Award. It's just one way to recognize our practice educators at the end of each school year for their contribution to our students' education.
The Practice Educator of the Year Award is presented annually to one practice educator in each of the practicum courses in pharmacy. This award recognizes outstanding and exemplary pharmacists who have distinguished themselves as practice educators.
The criteria for the award include:
- outstanding dedication to UBC Pharm Sci's programs by regular and ongoing willingness to precept learners throughout the year;
- demonstrable expertise as a practice educator (e.g. working with learners to set realistic goals; being organized and accessible to learners; monitoring progress and providing ongoing constructive feedback; understanding how to resolve conflicts with learners; stimulating active independent learning as well as guided learning with constructive feedback; and showing interest and enthusiasm for teaching); and
- embodying an inspiring and passionate approach to the pharmacy profession (e.g. demonstrating professionalism, leadership, and management skills; staying active in the profession and in professional organizations; and being an excellent communicator and a positive role model with well-developed interpersonal skills).
Our students nominate pharmacists for the Practice Educator of the Year Award by submitting a written essay of their practice educator experience, which includes specific examples of teaching excellence. The recipient is selected by the Office of Experiential Education faculty and receives an award plaque in recognition of their practice excellence.
Completed applications must be submitted to the OEE by:
- May 15 for practicum courses occurring during the Winter Session (August to April)
- August 15 for practicum courses occurring during the Summer Session (May to July)
Working with UBC Pharm Sci students as a practice educator is a rewarding and engaging experience – and our students get so much out of it, too. But don't just take our word for it. Here are some comments from our practice educators and students about their experience in the program.
"Precepting is a two way street: you learn as much from the experience as the student learns from you."
- Michael Lam, pharmacist
"Precepting allows you to interact with engaging and energizing students to keep up to date with what's happening in pharmacy practice and research in a very time-effective manner."
- Marilynn Boyce, pharmacist
"Thanks for the experience. I feel that I'm prepared for the challenges that await me. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to learn."
- 4th-year student
"Preceptorship is an experience that I feel a professional calling to be a part of. I feel very obliged to pay it forward."
- Curtis Harder, pharmacist
"Preceptors put in so much time and effort to train and teach their students; in turn, I think a lot of students aspire to one day become great preceptors, like their mentors."
- 4th-year student
"Thanks for teaching me everything you know. I have learned a lot, and I believe the best way to give back is to use what I have learned in my practice."
- 4th-year student