Tuesday, September 8, 2020

As teachers, experts, specialists, and mentors, UI College of Pharmacy preceptors provide learning experiences outside the standard classroom allowing student pharmacists a glimpse into the daily life of a health care provider. They assist students in the application of their knowledge and skills in direct patient care and other practice settings.

Each year the College recognizes exceptional preceptors with the Preceptors of the Year award in three categories: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE), Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE), and Faculty. We are excited to announce the recipients for 2019-2020:

Kevin Schleich
Chad Triplett
APPE Preceptor Excellence Award

Kevin Schleich, ’11 PharmD and Chad Triplett
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) Primary Care – Family Medicine Clinic

The Family Medicine Clinic provides care to people of all ages, including prevention, routine care of illness and injury, maternity care, and specialized treatment for the most complex diseases and injuries. Students on this rotation work with preceptors Kevin Schleich, ’11 PharmD and Chad Triplett, PharmD, to collaboratively provide disease state management with physicians and other health care professionals.

Both Schleich and Triplett are clinical pharmacy specialists in the clinic. Schleich completed a PGY1 and PGY2 in ambulatory care pharmacy at UIHC; Triplett completed a residency at Aurora Healthcare, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

When asked about their preceptors, students commented:

“As a student at the site I had plenty of opportunities to interact with patients and use my foundational knowledge to have a direct impact in their care…I really enjoyed the autonomy given with having a preceptor nearby at all times available to discuss therapy issues with. I had a really great experience this cycle.”

“…My preceptors, other pharmacists, residents, fellows, and doctors were so welcoming and kind, which helped me to gain confidence and allowed me to become so comfortable at this site. I learned so much from working with the entire team of health professionals, but especially from my preceptors as well...”

Amanda Mather
Ryan Kingery
IPPE Preceptor Excellence Award

Amanda Mather, ’13 PharmD and Ryan Kingery
Shenandoah Medical Center, Shenandoah, Iowa

Shenandoah Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa. The hospital has an emergency room, a physicians' clinic, a radiation center, an infusion center, an outpatient surgery department, a women's health clinic, a hospice department, and many more services. The hospital pharmacy handles all inpatient orders, outpatient pharmacy orders, infusion therapy orders, and prepares all sterile products.

Amanda Mather, ’13 PharmD, and Ryan Kingery, PharmD, are preceptors at this rotation site. Together they facilitate the hospital’s antibiotic stewardship program and run the anticoagulation clinic, which involves overseeing Warfarin therapy for over 100 patients. Both Mather and Kingery completed the Anticoagulation Therapy Monitoring Program at the University of Southern Indiana and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

Mather is the director of pharmacy services at the hospital and is an adjunct assistant professor at the UI College of Pharmacy.

Kingery is a clinical pharmacist at the hospital. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in 2006.

Students offered the following comments about their preceptors:

“…This was an excellent learning environment and the staff are always friendly and knowledgeable about this particular care area. Amanda was an amazing preceptor and she often times challenged me with drug information questions over and over again allowing me to work on prioritizing and efficiently researching the answers. She is a great preceptor for this rotation whether you are a P1 or a P4.”

“I really enjoyed my experience at the Shenandoah Medical Center. I learned about different diseases and drugs such as chemotherapy drugs. I also learned about the inpatient pharmacy and pharmacist's role as part of the Interdisciplinary Care Team...”

T. Michael Farley
Faculty Preceptor Excellence Award

T. Michael "Mike" Farley, ’07 PharmD
Mercy Hospitals Iowa City Acute Care, Iowa City, Iowa

During this 5-week rotation students work alongside Clinical Assistant Professor Mike Farley to provide pharmaceutical care services to patients served by Mercy Hospital Acute Care in Iowa City, Iowa. Activities include evaluation of the patient's medication therapy, medication reconciliation, participation in daily rounds, and answering pharmacy-related questions posed by the interdisciplinary team.

Farley received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2007 from the UI College of Pharmacy. He completed a PGY1 general hospital residency at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky and a PGY2 internal medicine residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

Farley practices as a member of the hospitalist team at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. His practice interests include diabetes, anticoagulation, gastrointestinal and infectious diseases.

Students commented about Farley:

“…Dr. Farley was great to work with, it was clear he really wants his students to take the lead and to be as hands-on as possible. He was always more than willing to discuss anything that came up from a patient's medications or a new study that was published.”

“I have had many great preceptors on my rotations and Dr. Farley ranks high amongst them. His passion for educating students really shows and it creates a rich learning environment while on rotation. I really appreciate when a preceptor takes the time to have thorough topic discussions related to our patients. He frequently followed up with us to ensure we were not only learning on the rotation but enjoying it. His encouragement to engage with patients and the hospitalists pushed me to further my learning and really gain a better understanding of my patients.”