2017-2018 Pharmacy Program Preceptors of the Year
2017-2018 Pharmacy Program Preceptors of the Year

Andrea Foltz, PharmDAndrea Foltz, PharmD, precepts Creighton pharmacy students for Hospital Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at Fremont Area Medical Center (FAMC) in Fremont, Nebraska. Foltz graduated with her PharmD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2004 and currently serves as Pharmacy Operations Coordinator at FAMC. 

Several students described how Foltz was “a positive role model” and “organized and structured an excellent experience and learning environment.” She was also described as “easy to talk to” and “approachable”, which are traits the students appreciated because they wouldn’t hesitate to ask questions. They also commended the staff and the rest of the professionals across the hospital as being welcoming and engaging. Foltz was awarded the Preceptor of the Year for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Local


Ryan Stevens, PharmD, BCPSRyan Stevens, PharmD, BCPS, precepts Creighton pharmacy students for Infectious Disease Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences and serves as an Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Stevens graduated with his PharmD from the University of Montana in 2010 and completed a PGY1 Residency at Alaska Native Medical Center in 2010-2011. 

Students commented that Stevens “created a positive learning environment and was a great mentor.” They were “both excited and fascinated about what they were doing” and it was in large part due to the “wonderfully-constructed learning environment” he created. They also mentioned that they would want to mirror his teaching strategies if they had the opportunity to precept in the future. Stevens was awarded the Preceptor of the Year for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Distance.


Teri Carstens, BA, PharmD, RPTeri Carstens, BA, PharmD, RP, precepts Creighton pharmacy students for Community Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at CVS in Omaha, NE. Dr. Carstens graduated with her PharmD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1993 and began mentoring and precepting students in 1994. She tries to instill in her students the importance to be the best pharmacist you can be every day, practicing from the top of your license. Student comments included, “Dr. Carstens was very informative, knowledgeable, professional, and patient in training and teaching me the aspects of the community pharmacy. This rotation was my first actual hands-on experience in the pharmacy setting so I was very anxious and worried about my performance. However, Dr. Carstens was very patient and explained every step very well! I also enjoyed the different OTC activities that were given for practice. I feel more confident in myself and hopefully I will continue to develop and grow.” And, “She not only was enthusiastic about having me join her team, but she also made me feel like a valued member of her team. In addition, she allowed me to learn in a way that facilitated my curiosity and questions about the retail pharmacy practice. She is also extremely personable with her staff and patients and truly cared about teaching me how to demonstrate the same care for the patient as she does.” Carstens was awarded the Preceptor of the Year for Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE 2) Local.


 Gary Korthals, RPhGary Korthals, RPh, precepts Creighton pharmacy students for Community Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at Sparta Pharmacy in Sparta, Wisconsin.  Korthals graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1982 and has precepted since 1985.

Student comments stated that “This preceptor is an excellent example of what it means to be a professional. He works with patients, healthcare providers, and members of his staff in a very respectful and respectable way. He is a great example of being a lifelong learner, he has been an RPh since the early 80’s and has kept up to date with all changes in our profession. He is a great teacher and he will modify what he is teaching to match your abilities. He will make sure you are comfortable with performing specific tasks, but he is not afraid to push you out of your comfort zone to try something new. He gives great feedback and is willing to help you with any question you have. Overall, Mr. Korthals is one of the best people I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from and I think he does not get the recognition that he deserves for what he is doing for the future of this profession.” Korthals was awarded the Preceptor of the Year for Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE 2) Distance.


Melanie Ryan, PharmDMelanie Ryan, PharmD, precepts Creighton pharmacy students for Hospital Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences and serves as Director of Pharmacy at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA. Ryan earned her PharmD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1991.

When describing their experience with Ryan, students said that she “was professional and enthusiastic about our learning” and “always had something for us to do to enhance our learning, whether it was a drug information project, shadowing a pharmacist, or attending hospitalist rounds.” They also described the “Huddle” and how exciting it was to see the pharmacist work as part of the healthcare team. Ryan and the rest of the pharmacy staff at Jennie Edmundson took to listen to the student needs and accommodate them was outstanding and appreciated.  Ryan was awarded the Preceptor of the Year Hospital Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE 3) Local.

 


Valerie Davis, PharmD, BCPSValerie Davis, PharmD, BCPS, precepts students for Hospital, Hospital Management, and Acute Care Introductory and Advanced Practice Experiences and serves as Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, CO. Davis earned her PharmD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997. She has precepted students since 1998.

Student evaluations mentioned that “Dr. Davis and all the staff at Sky Ridge were very student-centric and did an excellent job of including us in all aspects of the operation. It was very apparent that they are used to hosting students, everyone I worked with really went out of their way to explain everything they were doing.” And, “Despite my nerves, Dr. Davis helped me feel at ease from the very first day on site. I was honored when she assigned me a project, I felt as if she trusted my opinion and work. This increased as my rotation continued. I felt a sense of pride and confidence as I was trusted with more and more responsibility as time progressed. I was made to feel as if I was a part of the pharmacy team and I think that is a big part of what made this rotation such a great experience for me. They also commended the pharmacy staff, saying that “there were many inspiring pharmacists at Sky Ridge, each with their own strengths and passions and important pieces of the pharmacy puzzle.” Davis was awarded the Preceptor of the Year for Hospital Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE 3) Distance.