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To create a professional network of pharmacists who share an interest in any or all aspects of precepting student pharmacists and/or pharmacy residents.


To create an interactive community where pharmacists who precept students and residents have the opportunity to communicate and get feedback on precepting strategies, precepting challenges and solutions, and opportunities for preceptor growth and development. This community will also serve as a conduit for APhA to a) identify practice-based teaching models that support the advancement of patient-care services and b) address training and development needs of preceptor pharmacists in order to continually improve the quality of experiential teaching within the profession of pharmacy.

SIG Leaders

The SIG is led by a volunteer Coordinator and Coordinator-elect. Leaders are available to answer SIG member questions.

Coordinator: Lanita White
Coordinator-elect: Cortney Mospan 

SIG Committees

APhA-APPM Preceptor SIG Membership Committee
To identify the educational needs of both new and seasoned preceptors.

APhA-APPM Preceptor SIG Communications Committee (Chair: Morgan Sayler)
To utilize the website for communication among preceptors; to identify resource needs among preceptors.                                                                       

APhA-APPM Preceptor SIG New Practitioner Committee (Chair: Angela Olenik)
To identify needs and opportunities for new practitioner preceptors.

APhA-APPM Preceptor SIG Recognition Committee (Chair: Nathan Pope)
To identify ways to recognize preceptors within our academy. 

APhA-APPM Preceptor SIG Volunteer Opportunities

The APhA-APPM Preceptor SIG is seeking SIG members for future volunteer opportunities. Interested members are encouraged to take advantage of this member benefit and to share their voice within the SIG! Members will be contacted as opportunities become available. For any questions please contact the SIG Coordinator and/or Coordinator-elect.

Preceptor SIG New Practitioner Spotlight: Jennifer Minh Trang Cao, RPh

Each month, the Preceptor SIG will highlight the activities and accomplishments of a New Practitioner member. This month's spotlight is Jennifer Minh Trang Cao, RPh.
Dr. Cao is currently the Pharmacist-in-charge/Pharmacy Manager at La Maestra Community Pharmacy at La Maestra Community Health Centers, a 340B, federally qualified health center, in the City Heights area of San Diego, CA. Dr. Cao leads her pharmacy team to provide prescription medications, weekly medication therapy management sessions via telemedicine, and hypertensive/diabetic monitoring and care per protocol. She precepts both IPPE and APPE students, serves as a volunteer faculty member at Skagg's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and has served in APhA’s Immunization Delivery Course for pharmacy students. Precepting pharmacy students was a natural decision that combined both her passion for teaching and pharmacy. Her favorite part of precepting is seeing her students grow in their critical thinking skills and applying what they learned to put all the puzzle pieces together.
Dr. Cao is actively involved in the City Heights community by participating in seasonal health fairs, providing glucose screening and education. She is also an active member at her church, Chinese Evangelical Church, in Linda Vista where she helps with greeting newcomers, leading small groups, and anywhere else she could be needed. During her free times, she also enjoys doing yoga, hiking, and traveling.
 “If you have been thinking about being a preceptor, start now! Mentorship is beneficial at all stages of your practice, whether you are newly graduated or been practicing for a decade. Not only is the next generation of pharmacists being trained, you also benefit from a rich learning experience of teaching!” 
A rewarding moment she encountered in practice was when a patient was on multiple antihypertensives and was confused on the frequency of taking his doses. Dr. Cao and her student thoroughly and patiently explained to the patient the correct use of his medications and when he went to his follow-up appointment a couple weeks later, his provider was so shocked to see his blood pressure under control after months of high blood pressure. The provider called the pharmacy team to express her gratitude towards the relationship our clinic's providers have with the pharmacy department.
This month's New Practitioner Preceptor SIG Spotlight was written by Preceptor SIG New Practitioner Committee Member Hanna Sung.
If you would like to nominate (or self-nominate) a candidate for a future spotlight, please contact APhA-APPM Preceptor SIG New Practitioner Chair Angela Olenik at


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