Fall - 2018


Message from UF Experiential Programs

Welcome to the Office of Experiential Programs’ (OEP) Newsletter, an updated offering from the UF experiential office. We look forward to bringing you updates from the office and the college, sharing educational information, and highlighting great things that our sites and students are doing. If you would like to share a best practice or highlight a student,  preceptor, or site accomplishment, please email Carinda Feild at cfeild@cop.ufl.edu. We hope you find the newsletter to be a helpful resource as you precept our students.

As we head into the holiday season, this is a great time to let you all know how thankful we are to have you educating our students! The time you spend helping mold our students into practice-ready pharmacists makes such a difference. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to working with you all in 2019!

With much appreciation and thankfulness,

The Office of Experiential Programs


OEP News

Welcome New OEP Members

We would like to welcome and introduce you to the following new team members in the Office of Experiential Programs

Director – The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is pleased to welcome Kimberly Stultz, PharmD, as Director of the Office of Experiential Programs. As director, Dr. Stultz will be responsible for leading the experiential team in oversight and coordination of advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) and introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs). She will provide pharmacy students with orientation the to experiential learning, coordinate student schedules and oversee student/site evaluations. In addition, she will facilitate the recruitment and retention of high quality preceptors and experiential sites, including assisting with preceptor orientation, training and continuous development.

Dr. Stultz is a 2009 graduate of the UF College of Pharmacy. She comes to us from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she served as Director of Experiential Education and Assistant Professor since 2016. Prior to her work in experiential education, Dr. Stultz was an Assistant Pharmacy Manager for Publix. Her prior service to UF College of Pharmacy includes serving as a career coach, a course facilitator for integrated case studies, and a preceptor for both IPPE and APPE community practice rotations. For more information on Dr. Stultz, please see her page on the College of Pharmacy website at https://pharmacy.ufl.edu/staff/kimberly-stultz-pharm-d/ Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kimberly Stultz to our experiential team!

Tampa Bay Regional Coordinator – It is with great pleasure that we introduce Jeanette Connelly as our new regional coordinator in the Tampa Bay area. Jeanette will be taking over for Patty Taddei-Allen and will join Carinda Feild in serving as the primary point of contact for any University of Florida experiential needs in the Tampa Bay area.  Jeanette is a 2014 graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy – St. Petersburg Campus. She works in Tampa as a clinical pharmacist with Healthesystems. Jeanette is very excited to serve in this role and will provide our preceptors with excellent support. You may contact her at: j.connelly@cop.ufl.edu.  Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jeanette Connelly to the College of Pharmacy and the Office of Experiential Programs!


New APPE Assessment Tool

Preceptor Forums - Scheduled

 As many of you know, the college has adopted a new APPE evaluation tool for the 2018-2019 year. The tool contains a streamlined version of the traditional SUCCESS competencies. The condensed version of SUCCESS competencies was created based on preceptor feedback regarding the length of the prior evaluation tool.  We have also incorporated a non-graded portion to the evaluation to assess students on Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). For those who have not used the new assessment tool, please remember that “just-in-time” tutorials on the evaluation tool and EPAs are posted on the OEP website at: https://oep.pharmacy.ufl.edu/preceptor-resources/preceptor-assessment/.

With the implementation of the new tool, many of you may have questions. The office wants to ensure your questions are answered and has scheduled three preceptor forums centered on this topic. While the forums will focus on the assessment tool and entrustable professional activities, all questions regarding experiential learning are welcome. We hope to offer these sessions periodically moving forward to address questions and concerns from our preceptors whether it be a new initiative or just something that has been on your mind.

The times for the upcoming forums are:

Thursday, November 29th 12:00-1:00 pm   https://uflphi.zoom.us/j/107596065  Phone  1 646 558 8656

Monday, December 10th 12:00-1:00 pm   https://uflphi.zoom.us/j/884821335  Phone  1 646 558 8656

Thursday, January 10th 12:00-1:00 pm   https://uflphi.zoom.us/j/649853081 Phone 1 646 558 8656

Click on the link next to the meeting to join by computer or use the listed phone number to join by phone.

We look forward to you joining us and to answering your questions.


Assessments – Why all the reminders?

ACPE Requirements - Midpoint and Final assessments are a requirement of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). In other words, all colleges and schools of pharmacy are required to document receipt of midpoint and final evaluations for experiential learners as part of our accreditation standards. We know that most preceptors are doing a great job of meeting with students and providing verbal feedback, However, we want to highlight the importance of documenting that feedback in PharmAcademic at the 3 week mark of rotations for the midpoint and by the last day of rotations for the final assessment. Thank you in advance for your diligence in completing midpoint and final evaluations and helping us meet this important metric for accreditation.


University of Florida Requirements - In addition to ACPE requirements for evaluation, the University of Florida also needs the final assessments in order to issue student grades. Due to changes in the university process for distribution of financial aid, students may be unable to receive aid without documentation of satisfactory grades. This means submitting grades in real time, by the university deadlines, is imperative for some of our students in order to receive the money they need for daily living expenses. Going forward, this means the office will need to have shorter turnaround times for grades than we have had in the past. Grades should be completed by the last day of the rotation and must be documented in PharmAcademic within 1 week of the end of rotation for rotations 6 and 7 and within 3 days of the end of rotation 8 given the proximity to graduation. As a result we will be reaching out to you earlier and more frequently to ensure we can meet the university deadlines.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us comply with accreditation and university requirements to best serve our students.


Preceptor Education Opportunities

UF Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) office - Below is a highlight of upcoming offerings by the UF CE office. For a full list of programs you can go to the CE office website.

Consultant Pharmacists

The following home study courses for those seeking flexibility and convenience: Current Topics in Geriatric Patient Care, Clinical Applications of Pharmacogenomics, Redefining and Refining the Treatment and Approaches to Cardiovascular Medicine.

APhA Immunization Course

Course Offerings: January 26, 2019 | Orlando, FL and April 27, 2019 | Gainesville, FL.  More dates to be released in 2019!

HIV Therapy: Disease Management & Treatment Optimization

Description: Will provide an overview of the history, epidemiology, pathophysiology and viral targets of antiretroviral therapy, or ART. Approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy to fulfill the HIV/AIDS licensure renewal requirements outlined in Rule 64B16-26.103. HIV

CEImpact - Preceptors for the University of Florida are eligible for free continuing education and resources from the CEI. For access to the offerings, you will need to contact you regional coordinator for a pass code. The, click here to access the CE offerings. Please note that the CEI site contains a section specifically with content related to precepting. Other resources available via the link are journal clubs, and other general CE subject areas.

The Pharmacists' Patient Care Process

Kathryn J Smith, Pharm.D., BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research

Have you heard your students talking about the PPCP? I hope so! The PPCP (Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process) was developed in 2014 by The Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) and is supported by 13 national pharmacy organizations including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

The goal of the PPCP is to have a consistent approach to thinking about patients that applies to a wide variety of patient care services provided by pharmacists and the pharmacist’s medication expertise. I encourage the students to use the PPCP as a road map to help them navigate all the information about the patient and make clinical decisions. My guess is that you are already doing the PPCP in your daily work, you may just be using different terminology.

When you interview a patient or look in the electronic medical record, you COLLECT information about the patient. Once you have collected the information you need, you ASSESS the information collected to develop a problem list for the patient. Once you know what’s going on with the patient, you then develop a PLAN for the patient, set therapeutic goals and consider therapeutic options for reaching those goals with the patient. Once you and the patient have decided on a plan, you can IMPLEMENT the plan, including starting, stopping or adjusting medication therapy and counseling the patient on what to expect from their medication. At the appropriate time, you FOLLOW UP: MONITOR AND EVALUATE the changes you and the patient made for safety and efficacy. That sums up the PPCP - we hope that preceptors will encourage students to use the PPCP in all of their patient care activities.

For more information about the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process, please see https://jcpp.net/patient-care-process/.


College News

2018 UF College of Pharmacy Residency Matches Map

UF College of Pharmacy Retains #1 National Ranking in Residency Matches

In 2018, 130 graduates of the University of Florida's College of Pharmacy secured highly competitive pharmacy residency positions, allowing UF to maintain its third-consecutive #1 national ranking in total students matched into American Society of Health-System Pharmacists residency programs. 

The success of our students is due largely in part to you, our preceptors, for your contributions to their education.  The Office of Experiential Programs faculty and staff extend our gratitude to you all for your dedication to our students' success!

UF Top 10 Across the Board

The University of Florida was recently named the #8 Public University in the country and #1 in the state of Florida

The College of Pharmacy was named #9 in the nation and #1 in the state of Florida.

Go Gators!


Mark your Calendar

December 21 - APPE schedules released to preceptors by this date

December 25-January 1 - University of Florida and OEP office closed  

February 15 - Rotation 6 Grades due

March 4-7 - OSCEs - Students in Gainesville for 1 of these days

April 5 - Rotation 7 Grades due

May 13 - Rotation 8 Grades due