October 2020 Vol. 8
Welcome to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Newsletter for Experiential Partners and Preceptors! Newsletters will share updates about the School and Experiential Programs, recognize our preceptors and students, and provide teaching pearls for preceptors.
This edition highlights preceptors, sites, and students who work together to provide outstanding care.
The Office of Experiential Programs Welcomes Ouita Gatton, R.Ph.
The Office of Experiential Programs is delighted to have Ouita Gatton, R.Ph. to join the team and share her tremendous experience in the community experiential space. Ouita will be building and maintaining community pharmacy partnerships to ensure we can deliver early and advanced training in this sector of practice. She will also be assisting the office with the identification of best practices for preceptor and site training to assist community sites with learner integration into practice. Please learn more about Ouita below.
After graduating from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 1989, Gatton worked in consulting, infusion pharmacy, and several independents and chains. Gatton joined the Kroger Pharmacy team in 1997. She eventually advanced to serve as the Kroger Mid-Atlantic Division clinical coordinator in Roanoke, Virginia. In Virginia, Gatton coordinated all pharmacy programs not directly related to dispensing. She provided leadership for 300 pharmacists in 116 pharmacies across six states: North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky. When Gatton returned to Raleigh, she staffed and helped coordinate special projects for Kroger’s North Carolina stores and area communities. She has served on the Community Care Practice Forum and Immunization Task Force for the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and is a national immunization trainer for the APhA. Kroger decided to leave North Carolina; Gatton is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy working in both the experiential and community residency space and has her own consulting firm. Her passion has always and will always be to move the pharmacy profession forward as much as she can in her lifetime.
Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students Partners with Moose Pharmacy to Provide Flu Vaccines at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
On September 24, 2020, the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students partnered with Moose Pharmacy of Mount Pleasant to provide flu vaccines to faculty, staff, and students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Student pharmacists were able to practice immunization techniques by providing 30 flu vaccines over a 3-hour period, demonstrating why pharmacists are known as the most accessible health care provider. Additionally, they were able to talk about both state and federal legislation that allows pharmacists to immunize. Megan Wright, Class of 2022, who helped plan the event with PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident Dr. Amber Morgan, stated, “While it may have been rainy, we were so excited to see the wonderful turnout for the first-ever flu shot clinic at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.” Additional learners providing services included Spruha Shah (class of 2022), Emma Meyer (Class of 2023), and Dr. Kiera Emery, PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident.
Congratulations to several preceptors who were appointed, reappointed, or promoted through the School’s adjunct faculty review process in July 2020. Individuals who have been promoted are recognized for their exemplary and sustained involvement with education, scholarship, and service to the School and profession. We appreciate their contributions to the School and advancing student learning! Please see below for more details.
You can read more about the appointment and promotion process here.
This edition spotlights precepting pearls submitted from our preceptors. Many thanks to those who submitted ideas! If you have a pearl you would like to share in a future edition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Office of Experiential Programs Contact Information
Nicki Pinelli Reitter, PharmD, MS, FCCP, CDE
Assistant Dean of Experiential Programs
Leads the strategic vision and assessment of the experiential curriculum and strengthens partnerships with sites and preceptors.
Abbey Kruse, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs – Experiential Programs
Primary contact for student academic, well-being, professionalism, or discrimination/harassment concerns
Practice Experiences and Preceptor and Student Concerns:
Nicki Pinelli Reitter, PharmD, MS, FCCP, CDE
Interim Director of Practice Experiences: Community
Provides oversight of Immersion and Advanced Immersion experiences and serves as the primary point of contact for guidance regarding experiential policies and procedures, assistance with setting student expectations, structuring learning activities to meet learning experience requirements, and guidance with student evaluations at community pharmacy sites.
Kathryn Fuller, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Practice Experiences: Health Systems
Provides oversight of Immersion and Advanced Immersion experiences and serves as the primary point of contact for guidance regarding experiential policies and procedures, assistance with setting student expectations, structuring learning activities to meet learning experience requirements, and guidance with student evaluations at the health system and non-traditional sites.
Experiential Software Management and Systems Support:
Pam S. Jackson
Preceptor and Partner Specialist
Implements student schedules and manages RxPreceptor accounts. Serves as point of contact for RxPreceptor inquiries, AHEC digital library access, completion of preceptor application and training, and AHEC housing questions.
Student On-boarding and School Requirements:
Billy Justus, MS
Ensures student completion of site-specific onboarding and school requirements (e.g. immunizations, drug screenings, criminal background checks, CPR, HIPAA Training, OSHA Training, TB Status, and other onboarding as required by sites).
Preceptor Training, Development, and Recognition:
Charlene Williams, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
Director of Preceptor Development
Develops and oversees preceptor onboarding, training, development, and recognition. Point of contact for preceptor training and development needs and preceptor newsletter content.
Newsletter Content Editor:
Charlene Williams, PharmD, BCACP CDE
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