Table 3.

Respondents Self-Rated Confidence in Their Abilities to Precept, Evaluate and Assess Student Pharmacists (n=236)

I am confident in my ability to…Preceptor Response, %Mean Score
Strongly AgreeAgreeNot SureDisagreeStrongly Disagree
Tailor the rotation activities to an individual student's interests and professional goals37.756.84.21.304.3
Clarify expectations (eg, for a given task, daily responsibilities, deadlines for assignments, student performance measures)45.852.12.1004.4
Explain concepts commonly encountered in my practice setting61.038.10.40.404.6
Evaluate a student's knowledge (eg, signs & symptoms of sepsis, definition of hypertension; target LDL, legal requirements for storing a CII substance)37.758.14.2004.3
Foster skills related to critical thinking33.158.97.60.404.3
Foster skills related to problem-solving34.359.75.50.404.3
Assess a student's professionalism in the workplace58.540.70.8004.6
Appropriately handle a student's request for time off in accordance with the School's attendance policy36.947.514.01.704.2
Determine the reason(s) why a student may appear unmotivated12.349.234.34.203.7
Employ strategies that motivate students15.757.225.02.103.9
Identify factors (eg, personal crisis, mental illness, substance abuse) that may be affecting a student's performance14.843.636.05.10.43.7
Identify a student at risk for not passing the rotation before the end of the second week25.058.514.42.104.1
Develop a plan (eg, corrective action plan with corresponding timeline) for a student at risk for not passing the rotation20.855.120.33.803.9
Identify a dishonest student19.142.834.73.403.8
Identify plagiarism16.542.435.65.503.7
Handle a conflict (eg, differences in values, personality and/or interests) between a student and myself22.061.015.31.704.0
Handle a conflict (eg, differences in values, personality and/or interests) between a student and another member of the team/staff20.358.918.62.104.0
  • Abbreviations: LDL = low density lipoprotein

  • Response scale range: 1=strongly agree to 5=strongly disagree