School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Spring 2017 Issue

Inside this issue:

Welcome from the Dean

Dear Preceptors,

I am delighted to tell you about our award of Pre-candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This is a momentous achievement and a source of great pride. It would not have been possible without the strong teamwork of our faculty and staff, including you working so hard to bring this school to fruition. As you know, we are looking forward to welcoming our inaugural class in August 2017. Our students will learn from an innovative curriculum that includes a broad range of opportunities in different practice settings and will be mentored by excellent preceptors such as you. I am confident this school will be a great asset for our community and will help address gaps in the health-related workforce of our region.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you all on May 1 at our first All-School Retreat!

With best wishes,
Gloria E. Meredith, PhD
Founding Dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

New Additions To Our Team

Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is a dynamic community of faculty, staff, preceptors and friends who share a commitment to excellence in pharmacy education. Because of this commitment, our school is growing by leaps and bounds and since our last newsletter, we have added several new team members. We are excited to share our newest additions with you!

Thank You Preceptors

The Office for Student Affairs and Admissions would like to thank all of the preceptors who participated in our interview days for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and to those that signed up for future events. Your participation has been a tremendous help in displaying community support, which is very important to students and plays a significant role in their final decision making process. Based on feedback we have received from students, many have enjoyed learning about your roles in the community and experiences as pharmacists.

If you have not had the opportunity and are interested in participating, we encourage you to join us in the interview cycle this semester. Please contact Rachael Perry at, to discuss becoming a preceptor participant. Thank you again and Happy New Year from the Office for Student Affairs and Admissions!

What is the Collaborative Education Institute (CEI)?

Preceptors! Have you created an account and started utilizing the Collaborative Education Institute (CEI) Preceptor Development seminars? If not, you don't know what you are missing! CEI offers an entire library of online interactive programs to help Preceptors engage students and residents and make the most of their clinical experience. To begin please go to and:

  1. Create a profile. Click on LOGIN, then “NEW TO CEI”
  2. Access Any Activity within the Preceptors Library: Click on the teal Preceptors icon. Click on any activity name and choose REGISTER. Scroll down to ‘Pay With an Access Code’ and enter the BU SOPPS Access Code (BING U) and click CONTINUE.

Experiential Education Updates

This is an exciting time for the Office of Experiential Education! Because pharmacy practice experiences make up over one-third of the curriculum, our preceptors and affiliates are invaluable resources. Although many of you have completed the steps to become a preceptor, your continued support will not only assist us in recruiting quality mentors like yourself, but will ensure in-depth experiences for our students.

As we recruit and prepare for the first Community Pharmacy Experience, it is critical to our success that each preceptor is prepared and understands the OEE schedule in an effort to provide maximum support. The table below summarizes our IPPE and APPE curriculum.

Experiential Education chart

The next step for all preceptors is to the complete BU-SOPPS Preceptor Orientation and additional training specific to your level of precepting experience (years as a preceptor).

  1. Experienced Preceptor Training: Preceptors that have greater than two years of site based student teaching are deemed experienced preceptors and must complete two additional trainings prior to accepting a student for rotation.
    1. CEI online courses: Preceptor Development Core Modules 2 & 3
      • Module #2: Developing Your Rotation
      • Module #3: Giving Experiential Students Constructive Feedback
  2. Junior Preceptor Training: Preceptors with less than two years of site based student teaching experience are deemed as a “new” preceptor and must complete additional preceptor training applicable to their rotation (IPPE or APPE) before a student can begin the rotation. These trainings include:
    1. CEI online courses: Preceptor Development Core Modules 1-3
      • Module #1: The Role of the Preceptor
      • Module #2: Developing Your Rotation
      • Module #3: Giving Experiential Students Constructive Feedback
    2. Practice specific training

Each preceptor will receive a more detailed email listing which level of training is expected based upon the application documents submitted to the Office of Experiential Education. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Message from the Executive Director

Words cannot express my sincere gratitude for your support and input as we develop the BU SOPPS experiential program. Preparing to share your pharmacy practice setting with students can become a daunting task, yet very rewarding, and we want to be certain we have equipped you with the tools to make each experience beneficial for you, the student and the population you serve.

If you know of any pharmacists interested in serving as a Preceptor for our experiential program, please have them contact the Office of Experiential Education. We look forward to welcoming them to our team.

Thank you,
Angela C. Riley
Executive Director of Experiential Ed. and Assistant Dean

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