Office of Experiential Education announces SOP’s 2016-17 outstanding preceptors

Sunday, June 4th, 2017
By: Cynthia McMullen


VCU School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph DiPiro (left) recognized SOP Preceptor of the Year Neil Davis during the school’s Senior Awards Banquet. / Cabay Photography

Neil Davis of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital has been named VCU School of Pharmacy’s Preceptor of the Year. He has been a preceptor for the school in Acute Care I/General Medicine APPE and Acute Care II/Critical Care APPE since 1998.

He earned his Pharm.D. from the University of Georgia in 1995 — where, coincidentally, he was a student of Joseph T. DiPiro. DiPiro, now dean of the VCU School of Pharmacy, was professor and head of University of Georgia’s Department of Pharmacy Practice at the time.

In announcing Davis’ award, Phylliss Moret, assistant dean for experiential education, wrote: “Your stellar record of service clearly demonstrates consistent initiative, commitment and excellence as teacher, role model and mentor to numerous student pharmacists and emphatically fulfills the substance and spirit of the Preceptor of the Year Award!”

DiPiro recognized Davis for his accomplishments during the School of Pharmacy’s annual Senior Awards Banquet on May 12 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump.

In discussing the importance of precepting, Davis said, “I consider imparting the knowledge that I possess to the next generation of pharmacists following in my footsteps to be my obligation. It is a priority that I incorporate into my practice on a daily basis. As graduating pharmacists, it is now your obligation to mold future professionals.”

Criteria for Preceptor of the Year include sustained contributions and service to the mission of the School of Pharmacy for at least five years as a preceptor to many students. The school also presents Outstanding Preceptor Awards for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience preceptors who have worked with at least two student pharmacists per year for at least two consecutive years.

Outstanding Preceptor Awards are distributed on an individual basis. Dean Joseph DiPiro presented Mark Bernas his award at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond. / Photo by alumna Melissa Williams (B.S. ’94, Pharm.D. ’98)

Learn what nominators had to say about this year’s award winners.

The 2016-17 Outstanding Preceptor Award recipients are as follows; five of the 10 are VCU School of Pharmacy alumni.

Mark Adams, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Salem VA Medical Center — Salem
Acute Care II/Critical Care, Cardiovascular; since 1998
Pharm.D., VCU School of Pharmacy, 2000

Beverlee Arnold, RPh, CGP
NeighborCare Pharmacy at Westminster Canterbury — Richmond
Introductory Community Pharmacy IPPE; Geriatrics APPE; since 1992
B.S., VCU School of Pharmacy, 1982

Mark Bernas, Pharm.D.
McGuire VA Medical Center — Richmond
Acute Care I/General Medicine APPE; since 2011
Pharm.D., University of Kentucky, 2001

Elisa Burton, RPh, BCPP
Central Virginia Training Center – Lynchburg
Acute Care II/Psychiatric Pharmacy APPE; since 2007
B.S., St. John’s University, 1980

Alexis Crawford, Pharm.D., BCPS
Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center — Richmond
Acute Care II/Critical Care APPE; since 2013
Pharm.D., VCU School of Pharmacy, 2010

Marjan Daneshmand, Pharm.D.
Virginia Hospital Center Outpatient Pharmacy and Clinic — Arlington
Introductory Community Pharmacy IPPE; Advanced Community Pharmacy APPE; Ambulatory Care APPE; since 2009
Pharm.D., Howard University, 1996

Rachel Flurie, Pharm.D., BCPS
VCU School of Pharmacy/VCU Health System — Richmond
Acute Care I/General Medicine APPE; since 2015
Pharm.D., University of Maryland, 2012

Javier Menendez, Pharm.D., RPh, M.B.A., CGP
Virginia Premier Health Plan – Richmond
Managed Care Pharmacy Elective APPE; since 2013
B.S., Long Island University, 1987; and M.B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014

Rafael Saenz, Pharm.D., M.S.
University of Virginia Health System — Charlottesville
Advanced Hospital Pharmacy APPE; Hospital Pharmacy Administration Elective APPE; since 2012
Pharm.D., VCU School of Pharmacy, 2003; and M.S., pharmacy administration, University of Wisconsin, 2005

Eddie Shibley, RPh, M.B.A.
Plaza Professional Pharmacy/Imperial Plaza – Richmond
Geriatrics APPE; since 2001
B.S., VCU School of Pharmacy, 1975; and M.B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999