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Question number 8, How can I become a better preceptor? Well, every time after the rotation is completed, we encourage the preceptors to think about how the rotation went. How did the student learn? What kind of learning styles that the students use? And what kind of teaching styles and teaching activities did you engage the students for learning? And how successful was that? You can also think about how the environment engagement as well as the schedule arrangement? How these different design elements have been in place? And how has that worked out? By having these self-reflections of the site experience overall. Hopefully, you can provide a better experience in the future. We always learn from experience.
There are also opportunities to help you become a better preceptor. One example could be seeking a mentor in precepting students. Say, just like you need a good mentorship for becoming a good pharmacist. Sometimes, we might also benefit from having good mentorship about being a good preceptor. We could also use opportunities at workshops, certificate programs or readings. Sometimes, with continuing education credits, to help us learn about the latest learning assessments or these different literatures that has recently come up. Sometimes, it could also be beneficial to have email list or LINE groups which is popular in Taiwan, to have some good connections with the preceptors and the college experiential staff. You could also participate in professional association dedicated to education.
So that you can learn about the latest updates. Finally, having peer reviews to come in and see how you teach as a preceptor could be another beneficial way and improving yourself. Later on, I would also like to share with you how having a teaching portfolio can be a good way of assembling your reflections and all of your teaching documentations. Before that, I would also like to share with you some things to think about when you want to become a better preceptor. So think about where your final goal is. What is that characteristics or traits of that role model preceptor?
Remember it is a competent pharmacist, a challenging pharmacist, and a caring pharmacist that is the most successful ones, at least from some of the literatures. So you want to make sure that you continue to keep competent as a pharmacist. You have that good attitude, knowledge, and skills and keep up-to-date with the latest guidelines or professional practice. Secondly, you want to make sure that you continue to be challenging. So you create high yet reasonable standards where students can continue to perform. And you want to be that caring preceptor. That’s preceptor that students might remember years after they receive that experience. So by providing good mentorship to the students and constructive feedbacks showing that you care for that student.
Students would very likely receive that and have a good experience at that specific site. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you the top 10 DNA traits of great preceptors. These are very similar to what we have summarized in the last slide. Make sure that we keep students well informed, have good communications, challenged students, care about them, evaluate them fairly, provide enough feedback and guide students to think critically, be accessible and make sure to be responsive to student needs, play no favorites and set a consistent example for students as a role model. And finally exhibit passion and enthusiasm for pharmacy and teaching. Before we close, I would also like to share about some teaching portfolios.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a good way of assembling your reflections and all the teaching documents in one single place. Teaching portfolios typically start out with a teaching philosophy. This is typically a statement of your own teaching goals and styles of your teaching. We want to make sure to provide descriptions of how we teach as well as justifications as to why we think this teaching method is more effective than others. This is sometimes considering your own personality, your own preferences. To make sure that you have your own way of teaching on that is good for yourself. So having that teaching philosophy is important.
Throughout this teaching portfolios, we could also include documentations of activities that we ask students to do, assignments that we have given students to do, and potentially even the results of their assignments. You want to provide documentations of assessments to make sure that you are using an objective and fair way of assessing the students. By having these documentations, it could also be a opportunity for reflections. How can we have a better teaching learning style that suits us better? How can we design better activities or how can we design better assessments in the future? So personal reflections might be compounds at the end of each rotation experience.
So by having a reflection after each rotation, you can then have a large teaching portfolio that you could share with and discuss with other peer preceptors. And so to develop better as a future of preceptor. So in closing, I would like to summarize all the sessions that we have gone through in this series. We spent the first five sessions with Dr. Brown going over this specific details for a successful teaching experiential experience. And lastly, in our session, we try to put everything together by sharing with you the experiential program at Taipei Medical University as well as answering common questions raised by our local pharmacists.
So with this, we would like to conclude this session and hopefully we look forward to having you join our experiential program as a preceptor in the future. Thank you very much for joining, Goodbye!

This video tries to summarize the whole course by raising the ultimate question:

How can I become a better preceptor?

Prof. Chang suggests that you can do this by continually learning and improving your methods of teaching. For example, using tools such as a teaching portfolio is valuable in furthering your skills.

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