The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) School of Pharmacy hosted its annual Preceptor of the Year Award Ceremony on Oct. 5, honoring Jon Blazawski, PharmD., and Kristen Masood-Sidebottom, Pharm.D. As experiential education professionals, pharmacist preceptors teach students practice-related skills necessary to provide quality pharmacist care. In addition to serving as teachers, pharmacist preceptors mentor student pharmacists, promoting personal and professional growth.
“The Preceptor of the Year Continuing Education Event and Awards Program is one of my favorite nights of the academic year. It allows me the opportunity to personally thank the many preceptors who take the time to give back to the profession and educate the next generation of pharmacists,” said Jennifer Luciano, Pharm.D., director of Experiential Education. “This year’s recipients have continuously been strong supporters of the school and have supported both our introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experience students.”
Blazawski was awarded the Institutional Preceptor of the Year. He is currently a pharmacist at the Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) as both a clinical and oncology specialist. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and completed his PGY-1 Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. As a preceptor, he mentors and encourages students to reach their full potential. In the near future, he will be the oncology residency preceptor for a new PGY-1 Residency at HOCC and was chosen as the engagement ambassador for his department.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a preceptor. I am thankful for the recognition for the work we put in and know that each and every preceptor is truly deserving. I consider it an honor to walk into my hospital and have the chance to help students develop clinical judgment and shape the way they practice Pharmacy,” said Blazawski.
Masood-Sidebottom was awarded the Community Preceptor of the Year. She is currently a pharmacist for CVS Health and began working there as an intern in 2013. Over the last 4 years she has progressed to the role of pharmacy manager. Masood-Sidebottom was a member of the inaugural class of 2014. She is well respected, outgoing, and praised for her positive relationships with co-workers, customers, medical professionals, pharmaceutical representatives, and insurance providers.
“I love teaching students and was always so amazing during my rotations how much my preceptors knew and were able to teach me and I’m glad I can return the favor. I also like being able to tell my students I went to USJ and know what they are going through! I’m honored to be recognized from my Alma mater for my dedication to the future pharmacists from USJ,” said Masood-Sidebottom.