Office Of Experiential Education Names First-Ever Preceptors Of The Year

The Duquesne University School of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Education has announced its first-ever recipients of the Preceptor of the Year Awards.

There are two APPE Preceptors of the Year, Lauren Finoli, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP and Steven Ganchuk, Pharm.D. The IPPE Preceptor of the Year is Adam James, Pharm.D.

Lauren FinoliDr. Finoli is a Duquesne University School of Pharmacy alumna and a Clinical Specialty Pharmacist in the MICU at Allegheny General Hospital. She was nominated by three students who all pointed to her passion for patient care and teaching.

"She's a fierce advocate for her patients, constantly looking for ways to make medication administration safer for her patients, and always providing education to those around her," read one nomination.

"She has a way of explaining difficult concepts in an incredibly effective way. She cares so much about her students and wants them to get the most out of her rotation," read another.

"Being nominated for this award by mentees and previous APPE students means the world to me," Dr. Finoli said. "I was fortunate enough to have mentors and preceptors during my time at Duquesne and residency that gave me outstanding opportunities and positively influenced my professional curve. Given this, I have always made it a goal of mine to give back to the profession in a similar way. Receiving this award has certainly validated my work in that area, and for that I am greatly appreciative."

Steve GanchukDr. Ganchuk is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at UPMC Mercy and also one of several preceptors for the Duquesne University and UPMC Mercy PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency. His nominators noted his detailed approach to teaching and use of real-world situations as learning experiences.

"He is an excellent educator and is very respectful of our time. Every moment spent on rotation is a learning experience...I was not considering a residency until he gave me this great opportunity to experience how truly professionally satisfying a role like his can be," read one nomination.

"Dr. Ganchuk was so down-to-earth and very easily approachable; I never felt judged for answering something incorrectly," read another.

"The pharmacy community is fortunate to have many preceptors that could receive this award-in fact, I work with some of them on a daily basis," Dr. Ganchuk said. "I am honored and humbled by this selection."

Adam JamesAdam James, Pharm.D. is a 2014 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and a Pharmacist with Rite Aid in Johnstown, PA. His students learned everything that goes into running a community pharmacy day-to-day.

"He showed me how to talk to patients including how to counsel them as well as perform MTM (medication therapy management services). He has shown me how to recommend vaccines as well as administer them. Adam learned that I was not quite familiar with vaccines, so he made sure to really focus on this with me and now I feel confident about them...On top of the vaccines, he taught me how to efficiently and effectively run a pharmacy. The store is very busy, but he showed me how to handle angry patients while still motivating me to do my best," read one nomination.

"First and foremost, I would like to thank the student(s) that took the time and effort to nominate me," Dr. James said. "It is so rewarding to know that I was able to create an atmosphere at my site that facilitated an enjoyable and beneficial learning experience, and more importantly that I am able to have such a positive impact on future Duquesne pharmacists. As a Duquesne School of Pharmacy Alumni, I know first-hand the unique clinical experience that these students have come to expect from their education, and the goal of my rotation is to not only fulfill that expectation but exceed it. Being recognized for this award is exceptional, but its true value is witnessing student pharmacists grow each day during their rotation as developing clinicians."

Congratulations to Drs. Finoli, Ganchuk and James and thank you to all preceptors for your commitment to the students of the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy!

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