October 03, 2017

Preceptor Excellence Awards Recipients Announced

Each year, the College of Pharmacy recognizes preceptors with awards in three categories --- Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience, Introductory Pharmacy Practice, and Faculty. These preceptors excel in experiential teaching of student pharmacists.

Preceptor Excellence Award, Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience – CVS #8539 Pharmacy, Iowa City

Preceptors RaShauna Applewhite, ‘ 10 PharmD, and Lane Nelson, go above and beyond to make sure that students are exposed to a variety of aspects of community pharmacy, according to one nomination. As part of a large chain organization, this practice site provides students experience in handling specialty products such as ostomy, oxygen therapy, and surgical supplies. They also continue to hone their skills related to immunizations, including flu and pneumonia. Students in this practice setting provide patient training on blood glucose monitors. Preceptors guide students through various aspects of patient counseling, and demonstrate the value and expertise that community pharmacies provide.

Preceptor Excellence Award, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience – Main at Locust Pharmacy, Davenport

This family-owned business has been a leader in community and long term care pharmacy in the state of Iowa for the past 52 years. Preceptors Lisa Ploehn, Lisa Garner, ’00 PharmD, and Kaye Wright work with students in the wellness center (providing cholesterol, blood glucose, anticoagulation, bone density, body fat, and resting metabolic rate testing, as well as vaccinations), on pharmaceutical case management, MTM, and employer-based screening and education services. Nominating students pointed out that the preceptors “…provided me with constructive feedback throughout the entire rotation that has helped me recognize my strengths, and address my areas of weakness.”

Preceptor Excellence Award, Faculty – Mike Ernst, UIHC Family Medicine Clinic

As part of the rotation in University of Iowa Health Care’s Family Medicine Clinic, students work with Michael Ernst, ’97 PharmD, and participate in both outpatient care and inpatient rounds for the department that sees approximately 45,000 outpatient visits annually. Care is provided across a diverse spectrum of age and health. The department staffs one of the general medicine inpatient services in the hospital, with an average daily census of 12 patients. One student summarized their experience and growth throughout the rotation, saying, “Dr. Ernst often encouraged us to apply what we had just learned and to build off what we know. This helped with my confidence, and I became more comfortable making suggestions to the medical team. Overall, this rotation helped me with my communication, clinical, and analytical skills.