Preceptors are critical partners at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. They are enthusiastically committed to student learning and provide guidance and support necessary to help our students get the most out of experiential education rotations. Marisa Battistella, associate professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, is also a Pharmacy Clinician Scientist at the University Health Network (UHN) and an active preceptor.. Her 20 years of clinical teaching experience, plays a crucial role in mentoring future healthcare professionals.
The office of Advancement and Alumni Relations had the opportunity to chat with Marisa on her practice and what she has learned through fostering pharmacy students.
What motivated you to become a clinical rotation preceptor?
I became a preceptor almost 20 years ago as I felt that I had been trained well by other clinical preceptors and wanted to do the same. I do love being a clinical pharmacist and I get really excited to mentor students.
What was the most important thing you had learned from a hospital preceptor while you were a pharmacy student?
I think that preceptors that encouraged me to see and work up as many patients as I could while on rotation was super important. I believe that we learn best by seeing different cases. I still remember interesting cases from 20 years ago!
How has being a preceptor helped you become a better pharmacist and scientist?
The students are extremely bright and enthusiastic to learn. They ask great questions which helps me to learn and because of these questions, it allows me to think together with them about research questions and opportunities that we could potentially work on.
As a preceptor, what do find is a pharmacy student’s largest learning curve? What is the role you play in helping them?
I think going from paper cases to real cases and applying all their knowledge is the largest learning curve. I love seeing how much students improve over the 10 weeks that they spend with me in the hemodialysis unit. I feel my most important role is to let them be independent so that they can learn their own style of interacting and working up patients.
Preceptors foster excellence within rotations through effective communication, feedback, encouragement and mutual respect, making it a valuable learning experience for all students. If you are interested in supporting experiential learning rotations, consider becoming a Preceptor. For information on becoming a Preceptor, please visit our Information page.