Preceptor Newsletter

Office of Experiential Education at the College of Pharmacy

Meet the NonPatient Care Elective Course Director, Stephanie Swanson, PharmD

Stephanie currently serve as the course director for the third year skills sequence that includes the final semester of lab in the fall and the outcomes course in the spring.

Stephanie says, "I believe my work with third year students on the didactic side is vital to their success on rotations and appreciate having the opportunity to be involved with the “before” and “during” rotation aspects of the curriculum." Read more about her.

Highlights from our Career Fair / Preceptor Development Program

L'Aurelle Johnson, PhD, MS and Oscar Garza, MBA, PhD presented Tapping Cultural Competency from the Tree of Experiential Education on October 3, 2018 as part of Career Fair day.

Using a tree theme, L'Aurelle and Oscar discussed the importance of knowing your roots (who you are), your trunk (the bridge with pharmacy practice), branches, leaves, and fruits (cultural competencies and the "fruits" produced). Attendees painted pictures representing their cultural competency tree. Read more.

Student Perspective: Dalya Al-Rawi, PharmD IV student

Written by: Dalya Al-Rawi, PharmD IV student

Students learn the most by bringing together everything we have learned in the past three years and building upon it, and more importantly, realizing how much we still need to learn. While all APPE’s are valuable (as each rotation teaches us something different, whether its clinical knowledge, working with different medical health record systems, or professional personality), the most valuable APPE rotations are the ones that have communication, feedback and a variety of tasks: Read more

Preceptors Recognized by Others

MPhA Excellence in Innovation Award recipient Alison Knutson

The Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care. Alison is a preceptor at Park Nicollet for Ambulatory Care rotations.

MPhA Harold R Popp Award recipient Jill Strykowski

This award recognizes one pharmacist annually for their outstanding service to the profession of pharmacy. This is the highest honor bestowed by the association. Jill is a preceptor at Allina Mercy Hospital, Unity Campus. She precepts a Leadership elective and has precepted the rotation at Ilula Luther Hospital in Tanzania.

MPhA Bowl of Hygeia Award recipient Laura Schwartzwald

This award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their own communities. Laura is a preceptor for APPE Community, Ambulatory Care, Electives and IPPE Community rotations at GuidePoint Pharmacy in Brainerd.

Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award recipient Caitlin Frail

This award recognizes a pharmacist (entry level degree received < 10 years ago) who has distinguished himself/herself in the field of pharmacy. Caity is a preceptor for elective rotations at Health Partners and UMN.

Timely Completion of Evaluations: Ann Philbrick, PharmD, course director for Patient Care Electives

Thank you so much for teaching our students. We are incredibly proud of our preceptor network and everything you do for our students. There are two parts that go into every student grade: 1) curriculum requirements from the college and 2) your evaluation of the student. At the end of the semester, the course directors have three weekdays to submit grades (including holidays!).

As you can imagine, these three days are busy making sure students have completed assignments and an evaluation is in from the preceptor. We appreciate your timely completion of the evaluations so that we can submit grades. If extenuating circumstances exist that prevent you from submitting your evaluation, please let the course director know, or email

Meet the Class of 2022

624 PharmCAS applications

369 Completed applications

323 Total offers of admission

3.38 Average GPA

72% Average PCAT composite rank

2% Master's or Doctoral degree

65%:35% Female:male ratio

70% MN residents

4% International students

30% Speak two or more Languages

Class of 2018 NAPLEX

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy trimester 2 pass rate for the NAPLEX was 95.6%, which is down from last year’s 97.4%. The trimester 2 report includes the vast majority of first-time test-takers. The complete NAPLEX pass rate for 2018 will be available in February, when trimester 3 reports are released.

Calendar of Events


  • 11/12/18 - 12/21/18 APPE Block 6 (students complete 5 of the 6 weeks; this provides time to attend ASHP Midyear)
  • 11/22/18 & 11/23/18 Thanksgiving University Holiday (Students are not required to be on site on University holidays; however, must make up the time)
  • 12/2/18 - 12/6/18 ASHP Midyear
  • 1/14/19 - 2/22/19 APPE Block 7 (students complete 5 of the 6 weeks; this provides time to attend interviews, etc)
  • 1/21/19 University Holiday (Students are not required to be on site on University holidays; however, must make up the time)
  • 2/25/19 - 3/29/19 APPE Block 8
  • 3/22/19 University Holiday (Students are not required to be on site on University holidays; however, must make up the time)
  • 3/29/19 Being a Pharmacist one day course (students excused from site)
  • 4/1/19 - 5/3/19 APPE Block 9
  • 5/3/19 Pharmacy Day (Students must request off from preceptors if attending; must make up the time away)
  • 5/10/19 PharmD Class of 2019 Celebration and Awards 5-7pm TCF Bank Stadium; DQ Club Room
  • 5/11/19 Graduation for PharmD Class of 2019, 2pm Northrop Auditorium

Future Newsletters

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