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Dr. James Colbert

Experiential Education, Pediatrics

James Colbert

James Colbert, Pharm.D.

Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Associate Dean for Experiential Education
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


(858) 822-6699

Research Summary: Pediatrics, Experiential Education

Dr. Colbert has practiced in a wide variety of acute care hospital environments. His clinical expertise is in general pediatric medicine, and in previous positions has worked with pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care and acute care women’s health services (labor and delivery, post-partum care) patients; burn unit (with focus on pediatric patients), adolescent medicine unit, family medicine service and a general pediatric service. His primary research interest is in the area of experiential education, specifically involving preceptor development and assessment, and assessment of student performance in the clinical clerkship environment. 

Academic Achievements


B.A. Biological Sciences (1977) UC Berkeley; Pharm.D. (1981) UCSF; Fellowship in Academic Leadership (ALFP), AACP (2008-2009). 

Awards and Honors:

Nominee, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, UCSF( 2013); Nominee, Pharmacist of the Year, CSHP (2013); Faculty Scholarship Recipient (Wal-Mart/AACP Scholar Mentor, 2013); Nominee, Pharmacist of the Year, CSHP (2012); Fellow, ASHP (2004); “Health Hero” of the Year by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of United Way/CHAD of San Diego (2002); Faculty Teaching Award, UCSD School of Medicine, Pediatric Residency Program (2001); Pharmacist of the Year, SDSHP (2000); Novation-Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Scholar for excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice (1998); Fellow, CSHP (1998); Preceptor of the Year, Pharmacy Practice Residency Program, UCSD Medical Center (1998); Outstanding Teacher Award, Division of Family Medicine Residency Program, UCSD School of Medicine (1993).

Leadership Experience:

Chairman, CSHP Committee on Nominations (2016); Chairman, American Pharmacist Association (APhA) Preceptor SIG, Preceptor Recgnition Commitee (2015-2017); Chairman, CSHP Seminar 2009 Management Team (2007-2009); Clinical Manager, Department of Pharmacy, UCSD Medical Center (2003-2006); President, SDSHP (2000-2001); PGY2 Residency Coordinator, General Pediatrics, Department of Pharmacy, UCSD Medical Center (1995-1996); Major, United States Army Reserve, Veteran, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991); Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia) (1996-1997).


  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE, SPPS 200A, 200B, 200C).
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE, SPPS 400, 401,402, 403).
  • Pediatric Pharmacotherapy (SPPS 267).

Key Contributions to Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Co-founded the Pediatric Pain Service at the UCSD Medical Center. This led to improvements in pain management for pediatric oncology and sickle cell anemia patients.
  • Established the role of pediatric pharmacist on the General Pediatric Service at the UCSD Medical Center.
  • Established clinical pharmacy services in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinic at the UCSD Medical Center.
  • Co-founded the UCSD Sickle Cell Anemia Pediatric Family Support Group.
  • Created Continuous Preceptor Development Program for Clinical Preceptors at SSPPS

Selected Recent Publications (view more)

  • Colbert J and Kuo GM. Chapter 3. Preceptor-Student Relationship: Creating an Environment that Promotes a Win-Win-Win Situation for Preceptors, Pharmacist Interns and Clinical Practice Sites. In: Cuellar LM and Ginsburg, editors. Preceptor’s Handbook for Pharmacists, 2nd Edition. Bethesda (MD): American Society of Health-System Pharmacist. July, 2009.
  • Van Amburgh et al (2010). Succession Planning in US Pharmacy Schools. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Volume 74, Issue 5.
  • Elder et al (2012). How the Opening of New Schools in California May Affect Pharmacy Manpower. Drug Topics, vol.156, 2:22-26.
  • Elder N et al. (2013) Outlooks on the Supply of Pharmacy Graduates in the U.S. California Pharmacist. Vol. 60, no. 2, p. 13-14
  • Skrabal M et al. (2013) AACP Council of Sections Report: Council of Sections Preceptor Development Task Force 2012-2013. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Volume 77, Issue 10. Article S23, p. 1-3.
  • Hoffman J et al. (2014) CAPSLEAD (California Pharmacy Student Leadership): Developing Student Pharmacists into Pharmacist Leaders for Over 10 years. California Pharmacist. Vol. 61, no. 1, p. 40-41.
  • Colbert J et al (2015). Preceptor Development: An Important Component in Experiential Education. California Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. Vol. 27, no. 3. P. 90-93.