July 11, 2018

Preceptors of the Year, Daniel Kim and Kate Atienza, honored by UWSOP

Kim and Atienza were recognized for their excellence in clinical training of our students at the 2018 UWSOP Commencement Ceremony

Preceptors of the Year Daniel Kim and Kate Atienza were recognized at our 2018 Commencement ceremony

Preceptors of the Year Daniel Kim and Kate Atienza were recognized at our 2018 Commencement ceremonyGradImages

Daniel Kim of the Safeway in Pinehurt/Lake City was named Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year for 2018 and Kate Atienza of QFC in Kirkland was named Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) Preceptor of the Year for 2018 by the UW School of Pharmacy.

Most of us, whether we are pharmacists in practice or in another field, can think back to our education/ professional training and recall a teacher, a mentor, or a preceptor who made a significant impact in our life and helped us become the person we are today. Good preceptors are good role models. They act in a positive manner during interprofessional interations and demonstrate expertise in practice area. They show compassion for patients and advocate for them.

Knowing the impact preceptors can have as role models and mentors to inspire our students to become patient advocates, innovators and future leaders, UW School of Pharmacy established the Preceptors of the Year Awards.

2018 IPPE Preceptor of the Year recipient, Daniel Kim (center)

2018 IPPE Preceptor of the Year recipient, Daniel Kim (center)

Daniel Kim

The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year Award is given annually to one outstanding IPPE preceptor who has consistently gone above and beyond expectations in precepting IPPE students.

For 2018, Daniel Kim of Safeway in Pinehurst/Lake City was named the honoree. Over the past four years, he has been nominated three times for this honor and has received consistently high scores for his teaching abilities and students’ positive learning experience.

One student wrote, “He has inspired me to become a better pharmacist, not just to better myself but also to better the lives of my patients. He did not only tell me how to be a good pharmacist, he showed it to me every day.”

Another said: “Daniel was instrumental to my learning as a student pharmacist. Not only was he well-informed and patient, but he also cared deeply about my education. On many occasions, he would approach me and request me to counsel on medication that I had never seen before; he first had me counsel him on the medication, then filled in any knowledge gaps I may have had about the medication before allowing me to counsel the patient. This took me a bit out of my comfort zone at first, but was instrumental in my continued learning of medication counseling. On many occasions, he would ask me to work on specialized projects that would be used to help me continue to learn about community pharmacy, including completing a site self-inspection, filling an iPLEDGE prescription for Accutane, managing records, and completing book-keeping.”

Another student shared, “Daniel has inspired me to continue to work in a community setting….Daniel has shown me that this setting is one in which I can advocate for patients, protect their health, and ultimately contribute to their well-being.”

Another student shared, “Daniel’s most powerful trait is his kindness. He is also a brilliant pharmacist with a wonderful teaching style, and I appreciated every moment that I was able to learn from him.”

Video interview with Daniel

 

2018 Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award recipient Kate Atienza (center)

2018 Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award recipient Kate Atienza (center)

Kate Atienza

Every year the UWSOP recognizes one Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) preceptor who has consistently gone above and beyond expectations in precepting APPE students by awarding them with the Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award.

Congratulations to Kate Atienza of QFC in Kirkland who was honored for 2018. We are excited to recognize Kate for her role in precepting APPE students from her students. Over the past 3 years, she has precepted 12 students, all of whom have acknowledged her for her teaching abilities and their positive learning experience. Good preceptors are great coaches that allows students to learn by doing while providing useful feedback.

One student said she admired Kate’s “willingness to do extra work for her patients have gained her great respect and love from both staff and customers. She has taught me the importance of a genuine heart as a healthcare provider.”

Another student shared, “Kate always challenged me with questions and real life scenarios happened at a community pharmacy to stimulate my thoughts and practice what I learned at school.  I really appreciated her calculation worksheet, which allowed me to practice on day supply, dosing, quantity dispensed, etc. for tablets, solutions, or suspensions.”

Another student commented, “Kate ensured I had ample learning opportunities. I love the idea of her list of ‘pearls’ or questions that she encountered early in her pharmacy career.”

One student said, “I…greatly appreciate the fact that she had me make most of the phone calls to doctors’ office so I was able to learn about the different issues we may come across when filling prescriptions. She was always very encouraging and was never afraid to let her student take the driver seat, as she believes the best way to learn and improve is through real work experience.

One student observed, “She is very passionate about her profession as a pharmacist as well as a preceptor in training the future pharmacists. She is loved by patients and highly respected by the staff members because she genuinely cares about her patients and would go the extra mile to ensure her patients are well taken care of.”

Another student aid, “Kate’s willingness to do extra work for her patients gained her great respect and love from both staff and customers. She has taught me the importance of a genuine heart as a healthcare provider.”

Thank you Daniel and Kate for inspiring our students and modeling professional and positive leadership and excellent patient care. We appreciate all you do to train our Husky Pharmacists!

Video interview with Kate

 

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