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March 2020 Vol. 6 

Welcome to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Newsletter for Experiential Partners and Preceptors! Newsletters will share updates about the School and Experiential Programs, recognize our preceptors and students, and provide teaching pearls for preceptors.

Preceptor Benefits & Resources

The School would like to draw your attention to several preceptor benefits and resources now located in CORE ELMS (RxPreceptor). For future reference, a summary of these resources with links or resource location can be found in the Document Library of CORE/ELMS (RxPreceptor) in the “Preceptor Benefits and Resources” folder.

  • The following can be found in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Programs Policies and Procedures for Preceptors document:
    • Preceptor Recruitment and Selection Criteria
    • Preceptor Performance Expectations
    • Preceptor Benefits Summary for (1) Pharmacists’ Letter Journal Club and AHEC Digital Library subscriptions; (2) archived preceptor newsletters; (3) on-demand versions of preceptor development programming currently available for CE credit; and (4) information about Adjunct Faculty eligibility requirements and application process through the PACE Division. Additional instructions and/or links are found in the Document Library.
    • New Preceptor Onboarding and Training Requirements
    • Quality Assurance and Monitoring of Preceptor and Site Excellence. This describes how preceptors and sites are evaluated by the School and when evaluation results are disseminated. A copy of the Immersion and Advanced Immersion Student Evaluation of Experience is also available in the Document Library if you are interested in knowing the specific items students rate in evaluating your site and effectiveness as a preceptor.
  • The Preceptor Manual has key practice experience resources and student support mechanisms including information regarding inclement weather, student injuries, and exposure to blood borne pathogens.
  • Links to the Eshelman Care Team Referral and Care line for assistance with academic, well-being, professionalism and discrimination/harassment concerns are located in the Document Library.

Student Spotlight:

Kulchanok “Liw” Panichakornkul.

Kulchanok “Liw” Panichakornkul, Class of 2021

Congratulations to Kulchanok “Liw” Panichakornkul, class of 2021, for being selected for the national Kapa Epsilon (KE) Zada M. Cooper Scholarship.

The scholarship, which bears the name of the founding member of KE, is awarded to recipients who have achieved high academic standards and contributed substantially to their school their KE chapter.

The full story can be found here.

Preceptor Pearl: 

Mentoring Learners Through the Match
Rebecca Grandy, PharmD, BCACP, CPP

March 13 will be a day of mixed emotions. Students will be celebrating successful residency matches or trying to figure out next steps if they do not match. As preceptors, it’s important to be aware of the current residency landscape and statistics. In 2019, 3,826 residency positions were available, but 5,585 applicants entered the Match. After Phase I, 305 positions were available with 2,055 candidates unmatched.1 Preceptors are in a prime position to mentor students who do not match. Next steps could include entering Phase II or searching for jobs. Either way, here are tips to help your students move forward:

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Preceptor Wellness Minute:

Charlene Williams, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Twelve Productivity Boosters:1-6                                          

  1. Take frequent breaks to improve concentration
    1. Example- Pomodoro technique by Francesco Cirrillo. Work for 25 minutes then break for 5 minutes. After 4 cycles, break for 15-20 min.
  2. Start with the most challenging task first
  3. Or complete the most difficult tasks during your most productive times of day, saving administrative tasks during less productive times
  4. Try to focus on one task at a time (multitasking may reduce productivity up to 40%)
  5. Complete a task if it can be done in two minutes or less as will take more time if return to it later (from David Allen’s Getting Things Done)
  6. Create a to-do list of two to three items for the next day prior to going to bed to help with organization and focus
  7. Listen to audio books or podcasts during commute
  8. Reduce clutter to improve processing ability and concentration
  9. Reduce digital distractions by disabling notifications and setting boundaries on connectivity time
  10. Time box. Decide how much time you will spend on each task and stop when time is up.
    1. Example- Set timers on teaching time and learner patient presentations/plans
  11. Have learner reflect on activity and provide their main learning point
  12. Keep observation, teaching encounters, and feedback brief by limiting to one aspect per session


  1. Nazish N. 10 incredibly easy ways to improve your productivity. Forbes. June 18, 2018. Accessed February 20, 2020.
  2. Forbes Coaches Council. 12 productivity tips that reduce stress. Forbes. May 25, 2018. Accessed February 20, 2020.
  3. Saunders EG. 5 Strategies for getting more done in less time. Harvard Business Review. January 07, 2019. Accessed February 20, 2020
  4. Cummings Tucker. Does the pomodoro technique work for you? Lifehack. December 23, 2019. Accessed February 20, 2020.
  5. Lazarus J. Precepting 101: teaching strategies and tips for success for preceptors. J Midwifery and Womens Health 2016;61:S11-S21.
  6. Biagioli FE. Chappelle KG. How to be an Efficient and Effective Preceptor: It is possible to do the important work of precepting students and still get home in time for dinner. Fam Pract Manag. 2010;17(3) 18.

Upcoming Events and Other Information

May 14, 2020 12-1 p.m.Preceptor Design Lab Series: Peeling Back Layered Learning.
Will offer learning communities for preceptors in adult acute care, ambulatory care, community, and health-system practice to discuss best practices and solutions to challenges encountered in layered learning environments.  To register, click here by May 8, 2020. Live and remote options are available May 14. A recording will be available at a later date.

Newsletter Suggestion Box

We would love to hear from you! Please submit your feedback and suggestions for newsletter improvement along with ideas for future content  (preceptor spotlight, student spotlight, preceptor pearl, etc.) here:

Office of Experiential Programs Contact Information

Office Leadership:

Nicki Pinelli Reitter, PharmD, MS, FCCP, CDE

Assistant Dean of Experiential Programs

Leads the strategic vision and assessment of the experiential curriculum and strengthens partnerships with sites and preceptors. 


Abbey Kruse, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs – Experiential Programs

Primary contact for student academic, well-being, professionalism, or discrimination/harassment concerns.


Practice Experiences and Preceptor and Student Concerns:

Nicki Pinelli Reitter, PharmD, MS, FCCP, CDE

Interim Director of Practice Experiences: Community

Provides oversight of Immersion and Advanced Immersion experiences and serves as the primary point of contact for guidance regarding experiential policies and procedures, assistance with setting student expectations, structuring learning activities to meet learning experience requirements, and guidance with student evaluations at community pharmacy sites. 


Kathryn Fuller, PharmD

Director of Practice Experiences: Health Systems

Provides oversight of Immersion and Advanced Immersion experiences and serves as the primary point of contact for guidance regarding experiential policies and procedures, assistance with setting student expectations, structuring learning activities to meet learning experience requirements, and guidance with student evaluations at health system and nontraditional sites.


Experiential Software Management and Systems Support:

Pam S. Jackson

Preceptor and Partner Specialist

Implements student schedules and manages RxPreceptor accounts. Serves as point of contact for RxPreceptor inquiries, AHEC digital library access, completion of preceptor application and training, and AHEC housing questions.


Student On-boarding and School Requirements:

Billy Justus, MS

Compliance Specialist

Ensures student completion of site-specific onboarding and school requirements (e.g. immunizations, drug screenings, criminal background checks, CPR, HIPAA Training, OSHA Training, TB Status, and other onboarding as required by sites).


Preceptor Training, Development, and Recognition:

Charlene Williams, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Director of Preceptor Development

Develops and oversees preceptor onboarding, training, development, and recognition. Point of contact for preceptor training and development needs and preceptor newsletter content.


Newsletter Content Editor:

Charlene Williams, PharmD, BCACP CDE     


Content Marketing Manager:

Erica McCready

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