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Experiential Programs Preceptor of the Year 2022-2023 Recipients


Brian TerrellDr. Brian Terrell

Faculty Recipient: Abilene Campus

Dr. Terrell graduated from TTUHSC School of Pharmacy in 2012. After graduation, Dr. Terrell completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, Hendrick Medical Center, and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency at VA North Texas Health Care System. Dr. Terrell specializes in Ambulatory Care at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas and works remotely with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) with the Allred Unit in North Iowa Park, Texas. Dr. Terrell offers a well-rounded and encouraging rotation experience for his third and fourth-year pharmacy students. Thank you, Dr. Terrell, for going that extra mile ensuring your students are well prepared for a successful career in pharmacy.

- "My preceptor showed us great interprofessional collaboration and gave us guidance to be professional and essential members of the healthcare team." -"He was always encouraging and made me feel like he believed in me as a future pharmacist." -"He was encouraging and gave good constructive feedback that helped me see where I need to improve and how I can become a good pharmacist." -"He gave me advice on residencies and other areas of pharmacy I may be considering going into." -"He showed me he believed in me and gave me a push to go after my goals." -"I was able to gain more confidence in myself and gain the knowledge I need in my future career."

Danielle ThomasDr. Danielle Thomas

Adjunct Faculty Recipient: Abilene Campus

Dr. Danielle Thomas graduated from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in Austin, Texas in 2010. Dr. Thomas brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with the students she mentors. Dr. Thomas’ specialty is Advanced Adult Medicine and her practice site is Baylor, Scott and White. Dr. Thomas was at the Temple location and recently moved to the Marble Falls site. Dr. Thomas is an active member of Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists and she has been a member and/or co-chaired for organizations such as Texas Pharmacy Association, American Pharmacists’ Association, and National Community Pharmacists’ Association. Dr. Thomas also has a heart for volunteering. She gives her time to Martha’s Free Clinic and is very active with her church. Thank you, Dr. Thomas, for mentoring the students with an unbridled passion and dedication for your patients and community.

-"Everything she does is done with her fullest attention and utmost effort, which is often tricky when you have a student (me) pestering you, nurses asking you questions, doctors calling and messaging, patients requiring discharge counseling." -"I feel very comfortable bouncing any ideas or questions off her and know I will get a thoughtful response and well-intentioned advice in return." -"In six weeks, my resilience was tested, my counseling, time management, and communication skills were honed." -"Her communication skills are excellent and she was always available and ready to help and support me whether I was there in person, up working in the student room, or after rotation hours." -"Each patient is taken seriously and given the time to do a thorough counsel. I would be thrilled to be even half the pharmacist she is one day."

Sherry LuedtkeDr. Sherry Luedtke

Faculty Recipient: Amarillo Campus

Dr. Luedtke graduated in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin and she is a founding member of the School of Pharmacy. She is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and provides clinical pharmacy services in neonatology and pediatrics at Northwest Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Luedtke takes delight in mentoring fourth-year students in pediatric pharmacy and preparing them for a successful career in pharmacy.

- "Dr. Luedtke is, hands down, one of the best educators I have had in my entire academic career, including my elementary, high school, undergraduate, and graduate year." -"It is clear through observing her relationships with neonatal ICU physicians and nurses that preceptor is a highly respected healthcare professional, and it was such an honor to work alongside her as a student."  -"She encourages us to develop relationships with medical students and residents and to be confident in our knowledge as future pharmacists." -" It is with great appreciation to my preceptor that I feel confident in my abilities upon graduation to pursue a career in hospital pharmacy." -"I was overwhelmed (to say the least) at the beginning of the rotation, but my preceptor would take hours out of her afternoons to teach us about patient care so that we wouldn't feel so lost during rounds. We would meet in her office, at the hospital cafeteria, and even a local coffee shop to discuss all things neonatal ICU." -"During the third week of rotation, my preceptor sent me an email and said, "Just wanted to tell you that you are doing a great job!" This email, along with all of the encouraging feedback she provided throughout the rotation gave me confidence in myself as both a student and a future pharmacist."

Jacy MaloneDr. Jacy Malone

Adjunct Faculty Recipient: Amarillo Campus

Dr. Jacy Malone works at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care. She started taking our third-year Ambulatory Care students beginning in January 2022. Dr. Malone likes to take two students per rotation. Dr. Malone graduated in 2016 from the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy from the Amarillo Campus. Afterwards, Dr. Malone completed a PGY1 Community Care Practice residency with the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy. After speaking with her, you can tell Dr. Malone has an incredible zeal and passion for her job. Dr. Malone has even taken time out of her busy schedule to speak at our Career Explorations event to first-year students about her job. Dr. Malone is a natural teacher with a servant's heart and radiates a true passion for her pharmacy career to those whose lives she touches.

-"Learning from my preceptor the past six weeks has really given me a better appreciation on the impact pharmacists can truly have on patients." -" She makes power points over topics for her students and it really helps break things down." -"She challenges students intellectually and tries to help students think outside the box." -"This is only her first full year being a preceptor and she makes it seem like she's been doing it for a long time." -"Whether or not she's doing anything for them in terms of medications or not, just by talking to them and engaging with them on a personal level helps them more than anything. That gave me much better appreciation for pharmacy and that it's more than just managing patient's meds, but just being there for them is what truly matters." -"She always has a positive attitude and it really impacts patients when they see her."

Chelsea KruegerDr. Chelsea Krueger

Faculty Recipient: Dallas Campus

Dr. Krueger graduated from Texas A & M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in 2016. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas and a PGY2 Critical Care Residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center also in Houston, Texas. Dr. Krueger is an Assistant Professor in the Adult Medicine Division at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy on the Dallas Campus. Dr. Krueger is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care in the Cardiopulmonary ICU at North Texas VA Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. Thank you, Dr. Krueger, for being an excellent preceptor, role model and mentor to the students you work with daily.

-"Her work ethic is exemplary; she makes herself available for residents to call on the weekends with difficult dosing questions or emergencies." -"My P3 inpatient experience left me doubting if I wanted to apply for residency programs or not. After my P4 rotation with my preceptor, not only am I certain that I will apply for residency, but I also have a strong passion for ICU that she instilled in me." -"Her teaching went beyond pharmacy practice when she taught us how to interact with providers with differing personalities." -"She had weekly feedback sessions with us where we could learn how to improve in the coming weekends. On top of that, she asked us for our feedback, weekly, on how she can be a better teacher and what she could improve on to facilitate our growth and implemented suggestion immediately." -"My preceptor took time, after bedside rounding on each patient, to explain disease states, new diagnostic tests that were being ordered, and expanded on the team's discussions." -"Prior to the start of the rotation, my preceptor asked students what their preferred learning style is to facilitate a better learning environment."

Grace PoonDr. Grace Poon

Adjunct Faculty Recipient: Dallas Campus

Dr. Grace Poon graduated with her Pharm.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. Dr. Poon has been a preceptor for over 13 years for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy. Dr. Poon mentors third-year pharmacy students in their hospital rotation and fourth-year pharmacy students in advanced adult medicine. Her practice site is Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, McKinney, Texas. Dr. Poon started precepting TTUHSC students after residency training at Baylor University Medical Center. She said “I was blessed to have wonderful preceptors during pharmacy school and residency training. I hope I can contribute to the profession by precepting students. My next goal is to recruit more preceptors.” We asked Dr. Poon if she had a defining moment in her career as a pharmacist she would like to share and she shared: “This happened many years ago, shortly after graduating from pharmacy school in 2004. Pharmacists were encouraged to document interventions in a new program. Few months later, pharmacy leaders shared data during one of the staff meetings. We made hundreds of interventions collectively!  It was then I truly understand our role as pharmacist. We can help prevent mistakes and improve patient care.” Thank you, Dr. Poon, for your wonderful dedication in mentoring the students and making sure they have the skills necessary for a successful career in pharmacy.

-"My preceptor was all around organized with this rotation and extremely transparent on what goes on behind the scenes, and I think she knew more about that because of her big role within the company." -"It helped me think about other roles in pharmacy and how much work it goes into when you oversee different departments or have some type of say in decision making for the pharmacy/hospital." -"My preceptor created such a huge impact for me by creating such a safe space for learning and being a better pharmacist." -" When I become a preceptor, I hope to have the same poise and patience my preceptor displayed with me." -"My preceptor asked a lot of questions to stimulate good conversation and further teach from our mistakes or correct answers." -"My preceptor went above and beyond every day to teach me each part of institution that is so important to know and WHY."

Janie RoblesDr. Janie Robles

Faculty Recipient: Lubbock Campus

Dr. Robles graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy with her Pharm.D. in 2003. Dr. Robles is passionate about pediatrics and after graduation, she completed a Pediatric Specialty Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Robles takes fourth-year pharmacy students for their pediatrics rotations at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas where she specializes in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit patients. Dr. Robles is also a certified asthma educator and has implemented a pharmacist-managed asthma education program. Her talents are numerous! Dr. Robles and her superb examples of compassion, dedication to her career, her students and giving back to her alma matter, are priceless. We can’t thank you enough for all that you do.

-"My preceptor is the most detail-oriented person I have ever met which is crucial when it comes to the little ones that she so dedicatedly cares for." -"Through her rotation I was able to feel like a pharmacist for one of the first times in my life because she challenged me to go past what students would see and instead start to look for what a pharmacist should see." -"She was a great mentor who helped me grow my confidence to the point where I was willing to advocate for every patient and confidently teach the little ones how to use their discharge medications." -"If you need to learn how to love your patients, Dr. Robles has the heart to teach it!" -"She asks questions about things that others don't think are important and make sure that the patient is being cared for in the best possible way." -"Her rotation wasn't easy, but neither is being a pharmacist and I love that she was willing to work with us but never stopped challenging us."

Katherine WeigartzDr. Katherine Weigartz

Adjunct Faculty Recipient: Lubbock Campus

Dr. Weigartz graduated with her Pharm.D. in 2016 from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama. After graduation, Dr. Weigartz pursued a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency followed by a PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency. Dr. Weigartz currently works at Baylor University Hospital as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Emergency Department. Fourth-year students at the Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy have an option to request longitudinal rotations on a different school campus. One of the fourth-year pharmacy students from the Lubbock Campus took advantage of this opportunity and completed several rotations in the Dallas area. In the fall of 2022, Dr. Weigartz shared her passion and wisdom of emergency medicine with this student. Thank you, Dr. Weigartz for opening the world of emergency medicine to this student. We are particularly grateful for the extra time and effort you took with the student.

-"As a pharmacist in an up-and-coming field as well as an RPD, she provided me with so much guidance as I started my residency explorations and application development." -"As a student, there is not a higher recommendation I would have to future students looking for a rotation and preceptor that will genuinely give them their best every day and care deeply about their learning experience." -"She was always excited to have me on rotation and made me feel genuinely wanted, included, and comfortable in an environment where it could easily have been different." -"Emergency medicine has become my primary interest for a potential PGY-2 someday and is the practice area I am most interested in, which is mostly due to my preceptor and the experience provided to me with her rotation and as my preceptor."