Thursday, August 12, 2021

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. Whether in the community pharmacy, the intensive care unit of a hospital, an emergency department or corporate pharmacy management, preceptors are active teachers of the hands-on experiences student pharmacists desire. 

Each year the College recognizes exceptional preceptors with the Preceptor 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 2020-2021:

APPE Preceptor Excellence Award

Ryan Hobbs, '90 BSPh
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

Ryan Hobbs

The UIHC Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit provides care for patients with diagnoses that include: acute coronary syndromes, severe pulmonary hypertension, atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, acute decompensated heart failure, post-cardiac surgery, heart and lung transplants, and vascular surgery patients. Students on this rotation work with Ryan Hobbs, ’90 BSPh, and are assigned to round with either the CVICU-medicine or CVICU anesthesia-surgery team in answering drug therapy questions posted by medical staff, medical residents, medical students, and other health care professionals.

Hobbs is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the clinic and completed a hospital pharmacy residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Students commented on Hobbs:

"Ryan goes above and beyond to teach new and upcoming pharmacists about the ins and outs of critical care pharmacy. He takes the time to explain important concepts...He truly enjoys helping pharmacy students enhance their critical thinking skills and knowledge of critical care pharmacy."

"Ryan is an extraordinary preceptor...He is incredibly knowledgeable in his area and actively shares his knowledge with his students...He is truly dedicated to student success. He goes above and beyond to assist students in obtaining residency and is an incredible mentor throughout this process."

IPPE Preceptor Excellence Award

Amanda Macke, '12 PharmD
CVS #16897 Pharmacy Cedar Rapids


CVS Pharmacy is one of the largest retail pharmacy chains in the United States and fills more than one of every five prescriptions in the United States. Students on this rotation worked with Amanda Macke, ’12 PharmD, through opportunities to develop professionally in the community setting and build upon knowledge acquired through the didactic curriculum, being given an introduction to the interprofessional role and responsibility of the pharmacist in a community setting, as well as the operations of the pharmacy. 

Macke is now a district leader and primary preceptor for CVS Pharmacy Business Leadership for Eastern Iowa.

Students commented on Macke:

"You'd be hard-pressed to find a more superior preceptor or pharmacist. The impact Dr. Macke has on the people around her is a perfect summation of why I want to be a community pharmacist...I am confident that my IPPE was one of a kind and I'm grateful I was afforded this opportunity."

"I believe that Dr. Macke was a fantastic role model and teacher throughout the entire 3 weeks that I was on site with her. She was always available to answer questions and provide constructive feedback on my work and the projects that I was given during the rotation..."

Faculty Preceptor Excellence Award

Kashelle Lockman, Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Supportive and Palliative Care

Kashelle Lockman

The UIHC Supportive & Palliative Care Service supports adult patients, families, and healthcare providers across the UIHC continuum. As the ninth palliative care program in the country to achieve Joint Commission accreditation, students on this rotation work with Kashelle Lockman by participating in rounds with the palliative care team. Rounds may include drug information, patient interviews and assessments, patient presentations to interdisciplinary providers, coordination of care, and documentation of clinical pharmacy activities. 

Lockman is a clinical assistant professor in the UI College of Pharmacy, and a clinical pharmacy specialist at UIHC. She earned her PharmD from the University of Maryland.

Students commented on Lockman:

"Dr. Lockman was one of the best preceptors I have had the opportunity to work with this year. She dedicated countless hours working with me to learn and practice the principles and activities of academic pharmacy...I am a better future pharmacist and future educator because of this experience with Dr. Lockman."

"Dr. Lockman very obviously wants her students to learn and succeed. She routinely goes above and beyond to create extra resources and growth opportunities for students...I truly appreciate her support and dedication to her students...I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award."