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Experiential Education Program

What is the program?

The Experiential Education Program is a series of practice-based courses that help students transfer knowledge and skills from the classroom into real life pharmacy practice.

Working closely with experienced preceptors in settings like patient care clinics, hospitals, community pharmacies and primary care centres, students develop confidence and build the strong patient-care skills they’ll need for careers of their own.

Experiential education takes place in year 2 and year 4 of the PharmD program and can happen in any part of the province.

Attendance and absences

Attendance is mandatory. To achieve a passing grade you must attend all sessions, including orientation and debriefing/mid-rotation meetings.

Be punctual and adhere to the schedule arranged with your preceptor.

Time away for an unavoidable absence (such as a job interview), must be discussed and approved in advance with both the preceptor and the experiential education coordinator.

Excused absences include legitimate illness, family emergency or sanctioned College events. All other reasons for not reporting to the rotation site as scheduled will be considered unapproved absences unless prior approval was obtained.

To fulfill the experiential program requirements, students must make up any absences, excused or otherwise. Decisions regarding making up missed time are made by the experiential program coordinator.

In the event of inclement weather, students should contact their preceptors to determine the need for reporting to the site.

Students may NOT take any other courses or attend classes during the weeks of their experiential rotations without prior approval of the experiential program coordinator. This includes Professional Development Week.


Students working in the field as a required part of their program are generally covered for injuries sustained during and arising out of the practice experience under the Workers Compensation Act, (Manitoba).

When the practicum takes place outside Manitoba and the student is a non-resident of Manitoba, coverage may not be extended. Students in this situation are encouraged to contact the experiential program coordinator to discuss alternative arrangements.


Students are required to read and sign a practicum agreement form and a student declaration for self-screening for COVID-19 before any placement at a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority facility. These forms will be supplied to you prior to your start date.

Course manuals

All materials needed for your rotation will be available in CORE ELMS prior to the start of your placement.

Out-of-province internships

If you are planning to do your internship outside of Manitoba, you may not be able to start your internship until your graduation has be ratified. For more information, discuss with the experiential program coordinator.

Become a preceptor

Preceptors are skilled professionals with the insight and judgment only experience can bring. By mentoring students, you can share your hard-earned lessons from the field and give the next generation a head start on their way to careers as effective, caring health-care professionals.


To become a preceptor, you must:

  • Be licensed in the province of Manitoba for a minimum of (1) year before submitting an application
  • Be in good standing with your provincial licensing body
  • Complete 2.5 hours of mandatory training modules


As a preceptor, you will be expected to:

  • Be a positive role model
  • Prepare your workplace in advance of the student's start date
  • Provide an orientation
  • Make time to assist the student or intern
  • Offer learning opportunities that allow students to fulfill their rotation objectives
  • Supervise students appropriately
  • Ensure competencies are being assessed and met
  • Give feedback at appropriate intervals to promote continuous improvement


In addition to the satisfaction teaching brings, you will also receive credit for continuing education through the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba upon completion of your preceptor training.

Apply for a Nil Salaried Academic Appointment as a Clinical Teacher with added benefits such as:

  • Reduced membership fees at University of Manitoba athletic facilities
  • Access to UM library resources at both campuses
  • Additional professional designation


CORE ELMS is an online experiential learning management system that provides communication, accountability and tools for faculty, preceptors, and students. It houses all preceptor, site and student information, forms and resources, and allows for correspondence between the faculty, preceptors and students. All student performance assessments are administered through CORE ELMS.


For technical assistance or to reset your CORE ELMS password, email oee@umanitoba.ca.

Preceptor resources

  • UM College of Pharmacy Preceptor Development Modules

    The Preceptor Introductions and Orientation, the Patient Care Process Module and the Assessing Student Performance on Direct Patient Care Rotations Module are mandatory for the completion of the preceptor development program.

  • Precepting as an accredited learning activity (CPhM)

    Pharmacists who act as preceptors for pharmacy students can use their participation as an accredited learning activity.

  • Preceptor eLearning Course

    Dalhousie University offers online training for new and continuing pharmacy preceptors. The course is designed to provide comprehensive information and support for our preceptors in a convenient electronic format.

  • Western University Preceptor Education Program (PEP)

    Western University’s Preceptor Education Program (PEP) is an online program designed to help prepare students and preceptors for clinical placements. The feedback module is a mandatory component for the UM College of Pharmacy preceptor development program.

Primary care rotations Welcome a student

Discover the valuable contributions that University of Manitoba pharmacy students can make to your primary care site. By hosting University of Manitoba pharmacy students for clinical rotations, you can harness their expertise and dedication to enhance patient care and improve medication therapy outcomes.

Explore the tabs to learn just a few of the ways College of Pharmacy students can make a difference in your practise.

Active shadowing

  • Accompany the healthcare provider during appointments
  • Offer recommendations, answer questions and provide patient education as necessary


  • Collaborate with patients to develop a plan for better medication adherence
  • Recommend strategies such as bubble packaging, compliance aids and proper timing of medications

Comprehensive medication review

  • Evaluate medication therapy through a pharmacotherapy assessment
  • Update medication lists, including the most accurate medication history
  • Assess the ongoing need, effectiveness and safety of all medications based on current evidence and guidelines
  • Identify issues with drug therapy, such as interactions, side effects, polypharmacy and necessary adjustments for age or kidney function
  • Provide recommendations following best practices to optimize medication therapy
  • Make therapeutic suggestions, including changes in medication or formulation, dose adjustments, deprescribing and monitoring
  • Collaborate with the healthcare team and involve the patient/caregiver in creating a comprehensive care plan
  • Institute the plan, including monitoring and follow-up

Good candidates for a medication review include those who:

  • Are elderly
  • Take 10 or more medications (polypharmacy)
  • Have multiple chronic conditions
  • Have renal or hepatic dysfunction
  • Take high alert medications such as opioids, benzodiazepines, anticoagulants and antiepileptics
  • Have concerns about medication adherence or cost
  • Have difficulty swallowing or require crushed medications
  • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant

Drug information questions

  • Answer medication-related inquiries
  • Provide information on dosage and adjustments
  • Assist with questions about medication cost and coverage
  • Address inquiries about side effects
  • Provide guidance on medication forms and how to take them
  • Offer information on drug interactions

Immunization review

  • Review immunization history
  • Provide recommendations for necessary immunizations
  • Administer immunizations as needed

Lab result review

  • Review laboratory results
  • Provide drug and dose recommendations
  • Communicate recommendations to the patient, caregiver and community pharmacy as necessary, particularly for drug levels (eg, phenytoin, VPA, carbamazepine, lithium, etc.)

Medication reconciliation

  • Review and update medication lists in the patient's electronic medical record (EMR) for new patients
  • Reconcile medications after hospital discharge or during care transitions

Patient follow-up

  • Conduct follow-up with patients, particularly after starting or changing medications

Patient/staff education

  • Conduct educational sessions for individuals or groups, focusing on chronic diseases, new evidence, trials, treatments or tool creation

Smoking cessation

  • Screen individuals for smoking habits
  • Perform assessments related to smoking cessation
  • Provide counseling to support smoking cessation efforts
  • Prescribe appropriate medications for smoking cessation
  • Offer follow-up care and support to track progress

Contact us

Office of Experiential Education
143 Apotex Centre
750 McDermot Ave.
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0T5

Tel: 204-474-9306
Fax: 204-789-3744