Aaron Denowitz (USC PharmD ’07), clinical pharmacist at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, explains why he volunteers as a preceptor to mentor USC Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students and introduce them to “real world” experiences.
When did you become a preceptor?
I have been involved with precepting students since my residency in 2007. I established my own Critical Care rotation at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in 2016.
Why did you choose to become a preceptor?
My hospital already had an established relationship with USC and I enjoyed working with the USC students.
How do preceptors play a vital role in preparing students for future jobs in the healthcare industry?
Preceptors help students take the knowledge that they learn in the classroom and put it to use in real life situations.
What do you enjoy most about being a preceptor?
I enjoy interacting and learning with students.
What advice do you have for current PharmD students?
Strive to be somebody that you would want to work with.
Why should other pharmacists consider being a preceptor for the school?
Help to mold young pharmacists into confident and competent workers.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
It has been a very rewarding experience working with students over the years. Knowing that the experience is meaningful to them as well makes it that much better.