Unleash Your Talent as a Preceptor
UConn School of Pharmacy preceptors love working with our students. See what some of our past Preceptor of the Year award recipients have to say.
IPEE Community Preceptor of the Year, 2014
Melanie Honegger is the pharmacy manager at the Seymour, Connecticut Stop and Shop. Helping people is what attracted her to a career in pharmacy and is what makes her career so fulfilling. As a preceptor, Honegger attempts to provide her students with real-life experiences and a realistic view of her career, hoping they will see that the demands of community pharmacy can be difficult but also rewarding.
"I try to show the good and the bad of my job, so that they can make informed decisions on what type of pharmacist they want to be," she explains. Her students' comments prove that she does so successfully, saying that the experience helped to shape and expand their views of pharmacy and where they would like to go within the field.
Ruth LaCasse Kalish
APPE Adjunct Faculty Preceptor of the Year, 2014
Ruth LaCasse Kalish holds multiple job titles at the UConn Health primarily focusing on medication safety and patient quality. Kalish believes that working as a preceptor allows her to explore another one of her passions, teaching. As someone who was influenced by a biology teacher to experiment with the pharmacy field, Kalish understands how influential role models can be on a student's future. "The students leave thir mark her, and they are able to know that what they did here will be used in the future."
Students admire the amount of work Kalish does at the UConn Health Center, describing her as being the first person to enter the pharmacy in the morning and the last one to leave at night. Her passion serves as an inspiration prompting her student nominator to write, "I only hope that I can be as good of a preceptor to my future students as Ruth was to me."
IPEE Institutional Preceptor of the Year, 2014
Jose Scarpa works at Natchaug Hospital, a psychiatric facility, where he precepts UConn students. "It's a benefit, not a burden," according to Scarpa who wants to teach students all that he can during the time he has with them. Students enjoy hands-on experience with drug research, as well as the autonomy that Scarpa allows them. They describe him as "an ideal preceptor who went above and beyond to make the rotation as beneficial as possible."
Scarpa's nicotine cravings management group, among others, gives students a chance to hone their counseling skills in a group setting particularly with sometimes challenging individual's present. Students find these group counseling rewarding when some individuals get so engaged and actually wish to pursue quitting after learning about the harm of this addiction.
Service Learning Preceptor of the Year, 2014
Colleen Teevan precepts UConn students at migrant farm worker clinics across the State of Connecticut attending to the health care needs of this vulnerable population. She finds this experience rewarding. Her students find "her empathy and genuine concern for patients inspiring," and say that it is evident she is "extremely passionate about the profession." She finds that the limited resources at these clinics help her students learn how to utilize what they have to get the best results.
This year, Teevan, an ICU Critical Care pharmacist at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, Conn. will be taking fourth year pharmacy students into the ICU with her to round with physicians and nurses to make recommendations about patient medications.
Service Learning Preceptor of the Year, 2013
Phil Bunick, retired pharmacy director at the UConn Health Center, began the UConn chapter of his life long before he became a preceptor. "When I graduated from UConn back in 1972, we didn't have such a thing as clinical rotations. We never left the school. I think these students have a great opportunity, whether it's in hospital pharmacy, retail pharmacy, or whatever they choose to do to get a feeling for varied aspects of pharmacy practice." Since retiring, Bunick continues to precept students who visit senior centers and retirement homes, in order to review medications with the individuals. "When I began taking in students as a preceptor, it convinced me that when I retired and had more time, I wanted to stay involved with the students."
J. Arthur Carbonaro
IPEE Community Preceptor of the Year, 2013
Art Carbonaro, a Walgreens pharmacist, has been working as a UConn preceptor for nearly 30 years. He values his role as a teacher and is greatly rewarded by the progress his students make.
Carbonaro believes that successful preceptors are the ones who best understand their students. "They should understand that each student that comes in is different," Carbonaro explains. "They are at different points in their pharmacy experience and have different aspirations."
"It is my job to teach them what to do so that when they are pharmacists, they will be able to do it well. I'm happy to see that I am doing my job."
Adjunct Faculty Preceptor of the Year, 2013
Dr. Ginger Croxall, of day Kimball Hospital, has been deeply impacted by the students she has worked with during her role as a preceptor. She commends the students for their enthusiasm, their outstanding communication skills, and their collaborative efforts with other departments. Her greatest achievement has been to hear students say that the experience has influenced them to pursue hospital pharmacy in the future. The students that Croxall mentors have been "integral in providing clinical services," checking for potential drug interactions, teaching classes, reviewing drug therapy, and monitoring drug levels. In addition to clinical activities, students also spend time with technicians and attend interdepartmental functions to gain a more holistic approach of pharmacy practice.
IPEE Institutional Preceptor of the Year, 2014
Ralph Frank, pharmacy manager at Hartford Hospital, willinly precepts students from the UConn School of Pharmacy. On a typical day on rotation, students are placed in a practice setting, where they interact with a broad range of professional disciplines and practice styles. The students witness the end results of the medications the hospital uses and how to address any medication issues that might arise, as well as the administrative process. "The students move around quite a bit," Frank said. "They are able to interact with a broad range of people, which gives them a look into the reality of institutional pharmacy practice."
Frank enjoys watching students grow into practitioners. "It is truly rewarding. To be honest, I learn more from them than they do from me."
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