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MCW Pharmacy School Teaching Certificate Program

Completion of the MCW Pharmacy School Teaching Certificate will enhance the participant’s abilities to educate and precept future pharmacists and residents, while also improving the everyday education they provide to patients and other healthcare providers in the organizations they serve. The Pharmacy Teaching Certificate was developed to provide a robust experience for both pharmacy residents and practicing pharmacists, that is flexible to meet their individual interests and goals. 

The enrollment deadline is July 10, 2024.

About the Program

The Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program was designed to provide participants with the didactic education, training, and experiences needed to function as a faculty member and/or preceptor in both academic and pharmacy practice settings. The program completion requirements have been developed to create a robust experience for both pharmacy residents and practicing pharmacists.

The Pharmacy Teaching Certificate completion requirements can be completed over 1 or 2 years. Completion requirements will include developing a teaching philosophy and teaching portfolio, participating in didactic teaching, lab facilitation and precepting experiences, and attending live/recorded educational sessions. 

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the MCW Pharmacy School.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Accreditation Standards include the delivery of effective education as a foundational skill that should be taught during residency program education. The Pharmacy Teaching Certificate completion requirements have been mapped to the ASHP Accreditation Standards for PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Programs to ensure educational competency is attained.

Affiliated Pharmacy Residency Programs


Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health System

Children's Wisconsin

Children's Wisconsin

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Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

Educational Sessions

Educational Sessions

The Teaching Certificate Program will begin with a full day Orientation in July that will provide participants with an introduction to MCW, the Pharmacy School curriculum, a facilities tour, and basic foundational education on teaching and precepting.

Longitudinal educational sessions will be provided monthly and for participants to attend in person on the MCW campus or remotely via WebEx.

Topics Covered:

  • Preceptor Essentials
  • Teaching & Learning Styles
  • Creating Learning Objectives
  • Writing Test Questions
  • Effective Presentations & Using PowerPoint
  • Creating Your Teaching Philosophy & Portfolio
  • Academia Structure, Rank & Promotion
  • Academic Dishonesty & Plagiarism 
Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience

Didactic Lecture
Participants have a plethora of opportunities to provide didactic teaching in the primary Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum, in elective courses and Scholarly Pathways. Participants will provide a minimum of one 2-hour didactic lecture based on their area of area of practice and expertise. Participants will complete a self-reflection on their experience and will receive feedback and evaluations from their faculty mentor and students.

Patient Care Lab
Participants will provide hands on education and training to pharmacy students during Patient Care Lab Participants will facilitate a minimum of six activities in Patient Care Lab longitudinally during the Teaching Certificate Program. Participants will receive feedback and evaluations from their faculty mentor and students.

Teaching Portfolio

Teaching Portfolio

Teaching Philosophy
Participants will receive mentorship and guidance to develop a teaching philosophy that reflects their individual teaching style, values, goals and the educational methods they utilize while teaching and precepting.

Teaching Portfolio
Participants will create a teaching portfolio that summarizes their teaching experience and demonstrates achievement of the program outcomes. The portfolio will include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Teaching Materials (lectures, presentations, worksheets, activities)
  • Course Syllabi
  • Rotation Manuals (IPPE, APPE, Residency)
  • Self-Reflections
  • Student Evaluations
  • Mentor Evaluations
  • Rotation Evaluations
Faculty Mentorship

Faculty Mentorship

Participants will be assigned a pharmacy faculty mentor that will be available to provide expertise, advisement and feedback throughout the Teaching Certificate Program. The faculty mentor will be available to:

  • Review and provide feedback on teaching materials and didactic teaching experiences.
  • Guide discussion and reflection on the participant's learning, precepting and teaching experiences. 
  • Guide and advise the participant during development of their teaching philosophy and portfolio.
  • Provide career planning advice pertaining to academia, teaching and precepting. 
Academic Educator Distinction

Academic Educator Distinction

Participants that desire additional training and experience to prepare for a career in academic may choose to pursue attainment of the "Academic Educator" distinction, which includes additional topics and opportunities such as Team-Based Learning, Interprofessional Education, Accreditation and Regulations, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, among others. 

Enroll Now!

The enrollment deadline is July 10, 2024.

Enroll in the Teaching Certificate Program
The Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program has limited capacity. Preference will be offered to pharmacy residents in the Milwaukee area, with no capacity limits on the number of residents admitted. MCW Pharmacy School preceptors will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Applicants who are considered excellent candidates for the program, but were not admitted due to space limitations, will be added to a waitlist. 

The deadline to enroll is July 10, 2024.


Program Fees

The certificate program is free for current pharmacy residents at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health System, Children's Wisconsin and the Zablocki VA. Program fees for non-resident pharmacists are $400.00. Discounts are available for the MCW Pharmacy School preceptors through the Preceptor Benefits Program (contact for more information).

Program fees must be paid in full prior to orientation. Fees are non-refundable. Once registered, our program staff will contact you regarding payment options.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact us:

MCW Pharmacy School Teaching Certificate Program
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226


(414) 955-7476

Program Chair:
Kevin Bozymski, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Program Vice-Chair - Mentorship Program:
Rachel Kavanaugh, PharmD, BCACP

Program Vice-Chair - Recruitment: 

Stacy Reid, PharmD, BCPS

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