Grice and Stevens Receive Award of Excellence in Experiential Education

Published on 29 October 2020

For the second year in a row, faculty from St. Louis College of Pharmacy at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis have been recognized with the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., FNAP, BCPS, interim chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, professor of pharmacy practice and assistant dean of curriculum and assessment, and Alison Stevens, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate director of the Office of Experiential Education and assistant professor of pharmacy practice, collaborated with faculty from Midwestern University to develop a self-assessment tool that helps preceptors self-assess performance and set goals for growth over a longitudinal timeframe.

"The idea for the project was born in 2015 when Alison, Nicole Gattas [Pharm.D., FAPhA, BCPS, director of the Office of Experiential Education and professor of pharmacy practice], Amy Tiemeier [B.S. ’01, Pharm.D. ’02, BCPS, associate director of the Office of Experiential Education, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of community partnerships] and I participated in a learn-to-teach-practice program, a preceptor training program taught by faculty from Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona — Suzanne Larson, Pharm.D., director of experiential education, and Lindsay E. Davis, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice," Grice said.

"Suzy and Lindsay trained us for two days to help us guide preceptors through a year-long, intensive training program we called the Preceptor Education Academy," Stevens added. "The idea for the tool came up in conversation organically as we realized that preceptors don’t have a good way to assess ideal preceptor characteristics at baseline and track their growth in these attributes over time."

From there, the college faculty members worked to create a draft of a rubric that underwent five rounds of review using the Delphi method, enlisting 20 experts in experiential education from across the country to provide input and suggestions on the rubric with each round of revision.

After a year of review, the Habits of Preceptor’s rubric (HOP-R) was published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, and the team presented at the 2019 AACP annual meeting and at the 2019 National Pharmacy Preceptors Conference hosted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

"I think one of the highlights of working on this research project was the publication of our work because we had poured our hearts and souls into this project for years," Stevens said. "To see it regarded as a valuable tool and to be able to share the work at AACP and ASHP was extremely rewarding."

"We were not expecting to have such a big turnout and had nowhere near enough handouts," Grice laughed. "Our research was really well received, and it became clear that people in experiential education were seeking a tool like this. It was a really cool moment to see so much excitement around something we had spent years developing."

Grice and Stevens were presented with the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education during the AACP annual meeting, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It is a huge honor to receive this award," Grice said. "I don't know if we ever thought we were working on an award-winning project. We were just so focused on addressing this need in experiential education."

"It was unbelievable to be recognized for something that will hopefully impact many people in the experiential education world," Stevens added. "I feel really lucky to be part of this research group and this collaboration."

The research team recently launched a website for preceptors to access the HOP-R and information about its use.

Explore the research of Grice, Stevens and their collaborators at habitsofpreceptors.org.

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