The NDSU School of Pharmacy announced awards to pharmacists who help educate students as they pursue their future careers.
Amber Slevin, PharmD, BCACP, was named Faculty Preceptor of the Year at a ceremony at NDSU on May 14. She is an assistant professor of practice in the NDSU School of Pharmacy and clinical pharmacy specialist at Family HealthCare.
Ashlee Anderson, PharmD, BCPS, Sanford Specialty Pharmacy, Fargo, was named Adjunct Preceptor of the Year for 2021.
Pharmacy students on clinical rotations nominate and choose the award recipients for Preceptor of the Year.
“Dr. Anderson designed topic discussions and case logs that challenged me to apply concepts from the rotation to patient cases. I also was able to help answer clinical questions that providers were asking,” said one student about their experience with Anderson.
“She was very organized with assigned readings, topic discussions, projects, presentations and daily tasks. Dr. Anderson was always available for questions and enjoyed teaching the ins and outs of specialty pharmacy,” said the student.
Another student said Anderson provided professional expertise and mentoring. “I noticed a major drug interaction that was not picked up by the system that we used and brought it to her attention,” said the student. “She then approved my recommendations and trusted me to reach out to the prescribing provider, as well as the patient, to discontinue the offending medication and recommend an alternative.”
Anderson earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from NDSU and completed pharmacy residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
As Faculty Preceptor of the Year, Slevin’s expertise includes ambulatory care pharmacy practice, gastroenterology/hepatology, viral hepatitis and health literacy.
“Dr. Slevin was always asking for my assessment and therapeutic plans for patients, both before meeting with the patient and after the interview. She would ask additional questions to make sure I had a strong understanding of disease stated and therapeutic options,” said one student.
Another student noted how Slevin adapted each rotation experience for effectiveness. “Dr. Slevin was always available for discussion on clinical issues and for feedback on how the rotation was progressing. She also allowed for strong independence for students in clinical rotations.”
“All faculty and adjunct preceptors help prepare future pharmacists,” said Charles D. Peterson, dean of the School of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions. “These preceptors provide students professional experiences that will prepare them to become members of the health care team.”
For more information on how to become a pharmacy preceptor, visit the NDSU School of Pharmacy web page.
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