K. Douglas Crafton of Spokane has been named the 2010 Preceptor of the Year by the College of Pharmacy.
Crafton is a 1978 graduate of the College of Pharmacy who has been a preceptor for the College’s experiential learning program for more than eight years. During that time, he precepted fourth-year pharmacy students while they were on rotating clerkships at Jones Pharmacy, Horizon Pharmacy, Eastern State Hospital and most recently, Medication Review Inc., an independent pharmacy consulting service owned by Crafton.
The Preceptor of the Year Award is given to recognize outstanding contributions to the educational development of future pharmacists by demonstrating high standards of professionalism, ethics and clinical practice.
“Mr. Crafton tries to design educational experiences that are tailored to the needs of our student pharmacists,” said Danial E. Baker, associate dean of clinical programs at the College. “A quote from one of our students’ best summarizes why Mr. Crafton earned this recognition: ‘Douglas is a person who is compassionate, intelligent, and went out of his way to make me have the best rotation possible!’”
Some of the comments from student evaluations and those who nominated Crafton for the award:
- Makes you feel welcome from the first day
- Takes the time to know what your interests are in the field of pharmacy
- Takes the time to know what your interests are in life
- Can teach by example
- Never is embarrassed to admit mistakes
- Makes mistakes
- Knows how to constructively tell others they made a mistake
- Has a sense of humor
- Puts patients’ needs above his own needs
- Can show respect to all other health care professionals, even if the same respect is not shown in return
- Has an extensive knowledge of the pharmacy field
- Has a business sense but one that never overrules the sense of patient care
- Can speak to any age patient, and genuinely be interested in what they have to say
- Has employees that respect and admire him
- Makes you feel like you are part of the team and that you are an equal player, even though you are still a student
- Thinks outside of the box
- Gets things done, efficiently, effectively, and to the best of his ability
- On the last day, takes you out to lunch! (It helps to hear that you did a wonderful job on the rotation and that all your work is acknowledged and appreciated!!!)
- And finally, can do something that he truly loves and appreciates, and show up every day with a smile on his face!!