ASHP Releases Third Edition of Preceptor's Handbook for Pharmacists


Press Release

ASHP recently released its Preceptor's Handbook for Pharmacists, Third Edition, a respected and authoritative resource for both new and experienced pharmacy preceptors. The resource, which offers information ranging from starting a program to refining students’ and residents’ clinical experiences, includes advice from some of the profession’s most influential leaders and preceptors.

“Pharmacy preceptors are vital mentors to future practitioners, helping to ensure improved patient care across all settings as well as a bright future for our profession,” said Carol Wolfe, ASHP vice president, publications and drug information systems. “The best preceptors understand the delicate balance between ‘learning by doing’ and structured teaching methods. The Preceptor's Handbook for Pharmacists reflects that important balance and helps preceptors create the best learning experiences possible.”

Written by Lourdes Cuéllar, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, and Diane Ginsburg, Ph.D., R.Ph., FASHP, this updated guide will show readers how to:

Integrate pharmacy students and residents into a practice.

Improve essential communication, teaching, and leadership skills.

Motivate and challenge students, set expectations, and acknowledge and understand generational issues and perspectives.

Establish a professional attitude and bearing in students.

Develop students’ cultural competency.

Grasp essential teaching skills fundamental to students’ success.

Master the administrative detail of being a pharmacy preceptor.

Understand the skills needed to mentor pharmacy residents and those in fellowships.

Ms. Cuéllar serves as administrative director of pharmacy, clinical support services and medical outpatient clinics at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, as well as adjunct clinical professor of pharmacy practice and administration at the University of Houston and the University of the Incarnate Word. She has served on various state, local, and ASHP councils, committees, and task forces, and has served as a Texas delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates since 1998.

Dr. Ginsburg is currently a clinical professor in the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice and assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy. She has been active with ASHP for many years, serving as ASHP president and as a member of the ASHP Board of Directors as well as chair of the ASHP Council on Educational Affairs, a member of the AJHP Editorial Advisory Board, a Texas delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates, and as co-coordinator of ASHP’s National Clinical Skills Competition.

For more information or to order the ASHP Preceptor's Handbook for Pharmacists, Third Edition, visit the ASHP Store.

About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 40,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,

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