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Drake Preceptors Honored with 2007 Preceptor of the Year Award

Each year, students have the opportunity to nominate preceptors for their outstanding contribution to Drake’s Experiential Education program.  Nominees are considered based upon the comments submitted by students, evaluations completed by students during the previous calendar year and by their overall contribution to the experiential program at Drake.

On February 21, 2007, in conjunction with Pharmacy Day at Drake University’s College of Pharmacy, Sally Haack and Sohila Sepehri were presented with the 2007 Preceptor of the Year Awards.

Dr. Sally Haack is a 2002 PharmD graduate of Drake University.  After working in a community pharmacy setting, Sally joined the faculty at Drake University and serves as a faculty preceptor at Community Access Pharmacy in Des Moines.  This site serves a diverse population of underinsured and uninsured patients facing a variety of social and economic challenges.  Student Ali McLeish describes Dr. Haack as “an excellent professional role model in every way.  She (Sally) took time on a daily basis to ensure that her students were getting the best experience possible, often asking what she can do to further their understanding.”  Dr. Haack consistently receives strong evaluations from her rotation students who site her strengths in communication, patient counseling, clinical knowledge and overall commitment to exceptional patient care.

Sohila Sepehri has served as a preceptor since 2002, first at Osco Drug and now at Hy-Vee on Martin Luther King Parkway.  She offers both an advanced practice community pharmacy rotation as well as IPPE rotation opportunities.  Sohila works in a diverse practice setting and shows sincere compassion and empathy for her patients.  Students consistently comment on Sohila’s passion for the profession and her commitment to teaching and mentoring.  “She and the entire staff at Hy-Vee on MLK provided an environment that was conducive to learning.  She was happy to involve me in all pharmacist related activities . . . she was able to tailor the rotation to meet my individual needs so that I was able to get the most I could from the experience.”

In addition, Dr. John Rovers was honored with the 2007 Mentor of the Year Award and Dr. Gholum Mirafzal was awarded the Non-Pharmacy Teacher of the Year.  Dr. Rovers is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Pharmacy Practice and Dr. Mirafzal is an Associate Professor of Chemistry.

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