College of Pharmacy presents 5 Outstanding Preceptor of the Year Awards for 2020


December 3, 2020

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The College of Pharmacy recently honored five preceptors with The 2020 Outstanding Preceptor of the Year Award at its annual Pharmacy Gala.

Preceptors of the Year are chosen by all four years of PharmD students and include pharmacists who precept both Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs), which students complete during the first three years of pharmacy school, and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs), which students complete during their fourth year of the program.

Julie Legg, PharmD, director of experiential education and assistant professor-practice at the College of Pharmacy, said, “I truly appreciate our preceptors’ commitment and devotion to serve in the preceptor role. Without all of our valuable preceptors, our students would not gain the real-world experiences they need to become better future pharmacy practitioners. Congratulations to this year’s recipients and thank you to all of our incredible preceptors.”

This year’s recipients included:

  • Mallary L. Biros, PharmD, BCPS
  • Cory Coffey, PharmD, BCACP, BCPP
  • Jennifer Hockings, PharmD, PhD
  • Allen Nichol, PharmD
  • Valerie Rosenthal, PharmD, BCPS

Mallary Biros headshotMallary Biros, PharmD, BCPS, is a clinical pharmacist specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the PGY2 residency program director at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Biros’ nominator said, “I truly had many wonderful preceptors this year, but Dr. Biros really stood out to me for many reasons. Immediately upon starting the rotation, she asked what my goals and interests were for the future and completely tailored my rotation schedule based off of what I wanted to get out of the rotation. In addition, she set up daily topic discussions during which she and I would go into a conference room and thoroughly discuss pharmacology and therapeutics. Finally, toward the end of the rotation, she had me covering almost the entire PICU. While this sounds like quite an overwhelming task to take on as an APPE student, I honestly never felt more prepared. Undoubtedly, she pushed me to be the very best student pharmacist that I could be, and held me to high expectations by granting me so much autonomy but yet still being there to serve as an excellent resource and answer any questions that I had. Throughout the month, she continuously provided very helpful feedback and ensured that I was meeting the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the month. Dr. Biros is an amazing preceptor and a wonderful mentor and role model. Overall, her rotation is absolutely phenomenal.”

Coffey headshotCory Coffey, PharmD, BCACP, BCPP, is a specialty practice pharmacist in ambulatory care at The Ohio State University Division of General Internal Medicine. He also serves as the residency program director for The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs in ambulatory care.

Dr. Coffey’s nominator said, “Throughout my APPE rotation with Dr. Coffey, he modeled professional and empathetic behavior toward other providers and patients, and demonstrated the many ways that pharmacists can be innovative and practice progressively in a clinic setting. He encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone by interacting with physicians in the clinic, and provided me with frequent feedback to ensure that I was growing and reaching the goals I set for myself. Not only did he guide me through clinical questions that came up on rotation, but he went above and beyond in discussing how I should prepare for the residency application process by reviewing my CV and letter of intent and explaining how to prepare for the ASHP Midyear Meeting. His dedication to precepting and mentoring made me feel comfortable and confident, and provided a great example of how I would like to precept students in the future.”

Hockings headshotJennifer Hockings, PharmD, PhD, is a pharmacogenomics clinical specialist in the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pharmacy and Genomic Medicine Institute.

Dr. Hockings’ nominator said, “Going into the rotation I really did not know what to expect. Pharmacogenomics was very new and unfamiliar to me. From the first day, I was struck by Dr. Hockings’ warm and friendly personality. It immediately put me at ease. Even though Dr. Hockings had a multitude of items on her to-do list, I had at least an hour-long individual meeting with her every day where I was be expected to lead topic discussions and discuss patients. Although Dr. Hockings was incredibly friendly, I feel it is important to note that her rotation was not a cakewalk. Almost every night I had several hours of work to prepare for the next day. However, this was not something that I dreaded. Her personality and encouragement pushed me to want to be prepared every day, and to go the extra mile. Dr. Hockings is a model of professionalism in pharmacy practice. Even on the most difficult days, I never saw anything but cheerfulness and respect from Dr. Hockings.

Nichol headshotAllen Nichol, PharmD, is the chief operating officer and vice president of clinical services at Ceuticare, an innovative company focused on improving outcomes for those suffering from chronic illnesses.

Dr. Nichol’s nominator said, “I had the pleasure to learn from several excellent preceptors throughout my IPPE and APPE years but Dr. Nichol is one that stood out. Dr. Nichol displays exceptional precepting skills in various ways to help students grow during their rotations. His desire to help me become a successful student and future pharmacist was evident in his daily interactions with me throughout the rotation. He is clear with his expectations and sets the agenda for each day so I could prepare accordingly. He provided frequent constructive feedback in a manner that motivated me to improve daily. Additionally, besides the routine clinical pharmacy knowledge and skills, Dr. Nichol is committed to making sure students develop skills relating to business innovation and entrepreneurship aspects of pharmacy. His precepting techniques ensure students receive multi-dimensional preparation for the future. Lastly, Dr. Nichol displays a commendable level of professionalism. His commitment to promoting and advancing the profession is exemplified in his daily practices.”

Rosenthal headshotValerie Rosenthal, PharmD, BCPS, is a generalist pharmacist at the Ross Heart Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Rosenthal’s nominator said, “Dr. Rosenthal made precepting a priority and would step aside to spend time with me every day to discuss patient cases and topic discussion. She challenged me daily and encouraged me to actively work for any answers, which definitely provided me with a better experience. I appreciated the many topic discussions, journal clubs and presentations I was able to attend throughout this rotation, as they also greatly enhanced my learning. She also gave me constructive feedback every day, which made me aware of where I was improving and what still needed attention. She created an environment that made learning more enticing and fun, giving me opportunities to join discussions with other pharmacists and students outside of her routine discussions with me. Dr. Rosenthal has a close relationship with the doctors and would frequently speak with them throughout the day to provide medication suggestions and follow-up. The most precious thing that she would share with students she precepted were mistakes she had made and used them to teach the student how to face similar mistakes. She is a great mentor and model for students.”