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Table 1 Factors assessed before the decision to move for virtual IPPE training

From: Student and educator perspectives on virtual institutional introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE)

College-related factors
• Availability of sites, seats, and preceptors for the IPPE training.
• Fear of placing students at risk or being responsible for the spread of infection to families/relatives.
• Fear of being responsible for the spread of the virus in the community.
• Uncertainty of the pandemic continuity and its impact on current and succeeding student training.
Student-related factors
• Fear of being infected by a virus for which no curative treatment is available.
• Fear of delaying their graduation.
• Fear of compromising their training experience.
Site- and preceptor-related factors
• Exceeding the capacities of training sites in the post-pandemic period.
• Spreading infection among staff of training sites.
• Limited utilization of resources for the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).
• Limited availability of PPE in training sites.
• Limited number of staff (i.e., preceptors) working on-site to satisfy social distancing parameters.