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Press Release

October 30, 2023

Jennifer Cole Receives ASHP Foundation 2023 Pharmacy Residency Excellence Preceptor Award

The ASHP Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023 Pharmacy Residency Excellence Awards recipients. This awards program, sponsored by Medi-Dose and Samson Medical Technologies, features three categories that recognize innovative and impactful pharmacy residency preceptors and programs.

This year, the Pharmacy Residency Excellence Preceptor Award recipient is Jennifer Cole, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCP, FCCM, primary postgraduate year one (PGY1) resident preceptor for the Critical Care Learning Experience at Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

When it comes to teaching, Cole adheres to the philosophy that “if you set the bar high, the learner will rise up to meet it” if the preceptor provides direction and support.

According to PGY1 Program Director Marcus Costner, PharmD, BCPS, Cole has “served as a resident mentor and a collaborating investigator on resident projects, at least nine of which resulted in different abstract and/or article publications.” Recently, she implemented a simulation of manuscript creation, peer review, and the publication process to improve residents' scientific writing skills.

  • New Preceptor Award
    Kellie Goodlet, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, BCTXP
    Associate Professor | Faculty Clinical Pharmacist
    St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Kellie Goodlet’s approach to precepting centers around “promoting a spirit of inquiry and emphasizing patterns of reasoning that can be broadly applied to different clinical situations.” To accomplish this, she prepares residents to engage in the research process. Her formal structure requires residents to complete an IRB-approved research project, present a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition, provide a platform presentation at the Southwestern States Residency Conference, and complete a manuscript suitable for publication.

    Former resident Razelle Grimes, PharmD, BCCCP, critical care clinical pharmacy specialist at HonorHealth, says Goodlet’s “systematic approach to both professional and research development has proved very successful in expanding resident knowledge of practical research skills, professional presentation approach, and clinical pharmacy practice.”

  • Program Award
    Houston Methodist Hospital
    PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program
    Houston, Texas

    Michael W. Sirimaturos, PharmD
    Residency Program Director

    Alex C. Varkey, PharmD
    Director of Pharmacy

    The PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency program at Houston Methodist Hospital prepares its residents to be part of a medical team. Residents receive advanced education and training and are integrated into the multidisciplinary rounding team on every clinical rotation across an eight-hospital system. Preceptor Kevin Donahue, PharmD, BCPS, says, “This allows for increased exposure to and confidence working with other complex aspects of large academic hospital systems including non-clinical skills like project management and collaboration in various hierarchy structures which represents an increasingly larger part of many job descriptions today.”

    According to former resident Matthew A. Wanat, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, clinical associate professor at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, “The residency program was extremely challenging, but it has shaped me into the confident and competent clinician and educator that I am today. Preceptors in the program are well respected by physicians and nurses in their respective ICU units, which helps to acclimate trainees into these fast-paced environments.

You can read more about our Pharmacy Residency Excellence Awards at ashpfoundation.org/ExcellenceAwards.