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A regional group of pharmacy schools has formed in New England to promote training of preceptors
Are you having a hard time finding preceptors in your area and getting them trained properly? If so, you might want to consider the approach taken by the pharmacy schools in New England. According to Philip Hritcko, Pharm.D., CACP, director of experiential education and assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, five schools have collaborated and formed a group called the New England Regional Departments of Experiential Education (NERDEE). The goals of this collaborative approach is to improve preceptor training programs, increase the number of qualified preceptors, better utilize the current preceptor pool, and help meet ACPE's 2007 standards. Hritcko added that similar programs are now forming in other parts of the country. The NERDEE group consists of the University of Connecticut, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (Boston and Worcester campuses), Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences, and the University of Rhode Island. Hritcko discussed this program at the recent NACDS pharmacy and technology conference in Boston.