Resident Teaching Certificate

The goals of this certificate are to enhance resident’s preceptor knowledge in post-secondary educational institutions and provide an opportunity for residents to participate in WSU-related development programs and resources.

Program Guidelines

In order to be granted the residency teaching certificate, residents must receive approval by their residency program director and abide by certificate guidelines. Residents are requested to complete paperwork to become an academic affiliate and participate in Washington State University (WSU) qualifying activities and experiences.

Teaching Activities & Experience Categories

In recognition of differences between institutions and geographic location, the teaching certificate will be granted when it is evident from the portfolio that the resident has made a concerted effort toward obtaining teaching activities and experience in at least two of the categories below. Other types of teaching experience not listed here (such as an in-service for staff) will also be counted toward the teaching certificate.


Prepare (write objectives and test questions) and teach one didactic lecture (one or more hours). The college’s active classroom environment promotes classroom discussions instead of delivering a traditional lecture. In some cases, if this is not attainable (travel distance, schedule changes, unforeseen circumstances, etc.), additional teaching experience in other areas can be used in lieu of a lecture.

Applied Patient Care Lab (APCL)

Develop materials for teaching and/or assessment (i.e. quizzes, grading) and lead an APCL section (two 2 hour sessions or five 2 hour sessions, if able).
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Case
Facilitate APCL discussion groups during a problem-based learning case or similar activity.

Journal Club

Lead discussion and/or facilitate Journal Club at respective residency site or at WSU Drug Information Center if completing a residency rotation there.

Precepting & Mentoring

Assist preceptors, as determined by each program director, with WSU PharmD students throughout the year, i.e. informally throughout the year and/or officially evaluating and mentoring 1-2 students for one 6 week APPE rotation. Activities may also include:

  • Precept and evaluate Intermediate Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) students (i.e. second and third year shadow students).
  • Attend and evaluate fourth year student formal cases.
  • Deliver a “chalk talk” to the students.
  • Assist with patient case discussions and therapeutic interventions/recommendations.


Participate in various WSU-sponsored continuing education (CE), workshops, or training programs throughout the year as schedule allows, including the use of recorded materials from sessions to further instructional skills.

Project Presentation

Give 15-20 minute oral presentation on final results of the residency project prior to presenting posters (for hospital and/or for pharmacy CE, for example).

Note: Place the WSU logo on all printed materials related to residency (i.e. posters, cover slides, brochures). The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will provide the appropriate logo.

Residency Training Promotion/Information

Participate in residency training information sessions. Provide resident perspective to student pharmacists during residency forums through class expert panels, student association information sessions, or related activities.

WSU Development Programs

In addition to providing residents the opportunity to work with WSU faculty, residents will also have an opportunity to participate in other WSU-related programs, continuing education, training, and workshops. Once appointments are processed, residents will gain access to additional training opportunities and informational databases.