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May 17, 2005

UI College Of Pharmacy Faculty, Preceptors Honored

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy faculty and preceptors were honored at the college's Senior and Alumni Dinner and Awards Banquet May 11 in Iowa City.

First-year students named Maureen Donovan, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutics, Teacher of the Year. Donovan also was honored as the college's recipient of the UI Collegiate Teaching Award. Craig Svensson, Pharm.D., professor of pharmaceutics, was named Teacher of the Year by second-year pharmacy students, and John Brooks, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy, was honored as Teacher of the Year by the college's third-year students. Elisabeth Swain, a lecturer in biochemistry in the UI Carver College of Medicine, was named the Non-Pharmacy Faculty Teacher of the Year.

The college's Teacher of the Year awards are based on nominations by students and are selected by a faculty committee comprised of the previous year's three award recipients.

Preceptor of the Year awards were given to Nancy Bonthius, Pharm.D., assistant professor (clinical) of clinical and administrative pharmacy in the college, and Lee Kral, a clinical pharmacy specialist at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Other Preceptor of the Year award winners included Jennifer Moulton, Cheryl Clarke, Julie Kuhle and Thomas Temple, all from the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

Nominations and letters of support for Preceptor of the Year candidates are solicited from the college's fourth-year students. The Practice Experiential Program Committee selects the award winners, based on composite student evaluations for each preceptor.

Preceptors serve as mentors to the fourth-year pharmacy students during the students' clinical clerkships. The clerkships emphasize clinical pharmacy skill development and give students the opportunity to work closely with pharmacists in professional care settings.

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