UW Health encompasses a large academic medical center, multiple specialty and primary care clinics, retail pharmacies and a wide array of innovative pharmacy services. We are a pharmacy department nationally recognized in the areas of clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy leadership and residency training.
Fourth-year pharmacy students on rotation are vital members of the pharmacy team, directly assisting in the care we provide to patients. Roles and responsibilities vary widely depending on the rotation, but on clinical rotations students always round with the team and see patients. Students on rotation attend Resident Report, a weekly resident-led teaching experience, as well as participate actively with their team’s education and learning (topic discussions, journal clubs, huddles, etc.) throughout the rotation.
Student daily activities include, but are not limited to:
- Creating therapeutic plans
- Making recommendations to providers
- Rounding with the health care team on inpatient rotations
- Documenting medication outcomes
- Providing answers to formal and informal pharmacotherapy questions
- Educating patients to improve transitions of care
- Completing or assisting in ongoing quality improvement or research projects
UW Health Preceptors
We have a highly trained group of residency-trained pharmacist preceptors and require pharmacists in clinical practice areas to maintain board certification. Pharmacist preceptors take pride in teaching the next generation of pharmacists how to take the best evidence-based and cost-effective care of patients.
Our pharmacy residents participate actively in the precepting model at UW Health as well. Residents are excited to work with students and the vast majority complete a teaching certificate program during their first year. PGY1 pharmacy residents specifically work closely with students once they have clinical experience in the area they are precepting. Students often reflect positively that residents greatly enrich their experience on rotations.
Pharmacy Clerkships (pdf)
Krista McElray, PharmD, BCPS
Education and Development Coordinator