The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies (SPPAS) hosted its annual Preceptor of the Year Award Ceremony on Oct. 4, 2018, honoring Tera Falcetti, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, for institutional pharmacy and to Ellie Rodriguez, Pharm.D., for community pharmacy.
Dr. Falcetti is currently the clinical pharmacy manager at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. She is the primary preceptor for USJ’s institutional rotations and is a co-preceptor for the transitions of care rotation. Dr. Falcetti graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, Mass., and has held many roles at Saint Francis including the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director. In addition to her role at Saint Francis, she maintains a per diem staffing role with CVS Pharmacy.
A preceptor for USJ since 2013, Dr. Falcetti precepted 21 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) students during the 2017-2018 academic year. She aspires to push her students past their comfort zone and challenge them to exceed their own expectations. “It is important to develop learners to be the best practitioners they can be in any setting that they choose,” she remarked.
The second recipient, Dr. Rodriguez, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and has worked with Stop and Shop Pharmacy – first as a staff pharmacist and now as a pharmacy manager since 2002. Dr. Rodriguez mentored nine IPPE and APPE students during the 2017-2018 academic year.
In addition to her scheduled students, Dr. Rodriguez is always reaching out for student volunteers to help her with local health screenings as well as influenza vaccination clinics.
As a lower volume store, the students enjoy more one-on-one time with the preceptor, truly learning the ins and outs of community pharmacy. This also gives the students time to dedicate to other community outreach projects, which is an asset to their learning and future career paths. Dr. Rodriguez said, “I have a special relationship with my customers and I like the students to know how rewarding this relationship is.”
USJ thanks Dr. Falcetti and Dr. Rodriguez for their commitment to pharmacy education and creating an optimal learning environment.