Drake Preceptors Honored with 2008 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 nominating students, evaluations completed by students during the previous calendar year and by their overall contribution to the experiential program at Drake.

On February 26, 2008, in conjunction with Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Pharmacy Day, Dr. Steve Sanders and Dr. Anisa Fornoff were announced as the 2008 Preceptors of the Year.  Dr. Joan Hosang of Singer Mental Health Center and Drake preceptor has also been named the Roche Preceptor of the Year.

Dr. Steve Sanders is an education pharmacist at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  Steve serves as a preceptor for students in rotations focused on diabetes discharge counseling, and rehabilitation and anticoagulation.  Steve may be best recognized by his students for his passion for his work with diabetes patients, his commitment to creating outstanding and individualized educational opportunities for students, and his patience in serving as a mentor while providing valuable and continual feedback.  “Steve has served as an outstanding role model.  He has great passion for his work and it shows through his everyday actions,” writes nominating student Jessica Gionet.

Dr. Anisa Fornoff, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  In her role, she supports three practice sites:  Progress Industries in both Johnston and Newton, IA and Community Support Advocates in Des Moines.  While Dr. Fornoff’s position at Drake is only 60%, students consistently talk about how accessible she makes herself to her students, even when not at the practice site.  All three of these sites serve a diverse patient population dealing with mental and physical disability and offer a truly unique opportunity for students to interact with these patients on a daily basis.

“She [Dr. Fornoff] is an outstanding example of a pharmacist that cares about the well-being of her patients.  Working with people with mental illnesses is a difficult job, which this preceptor does with ease.  I learned very valuable techniques that I will use the rest of my professional career, “ writes Marco Bejarno.

The Roche Preceptor of the Year is awarded annually to an outstanding preceptor serving in a distant site.  Dr. Joan Hosang has been named the 2008 recipient.  Joan is a clinical pharmacist at Singer Mental Health Center, in Rockford, Illinois where she serves patients who are challenged with mental illness and societal and economic constraints.  Joan faced many challenges throughout 2007, including a serious staffing shortage and funding issues, but never lost her commitment to her work with students.  Joan offers an excellent experience in a unique and challenging environment and demonstrates a passion for patient care and student education.  Nathan Lamb, a rotation student and PharmD 2008 candidate writes, “In all my conversations with Joan, she always maintained a positive attitude and an emphasis on the importance of the pharmacist’s role in patient care.”