Dyan Cherry selected 2016 Preceptor of the Year

All the years of hard work and dedication finally paid off for Dyan Cherry, PharmD, when she was named the 2016 Preceptor of the Year at the College of Pharmacy’s Senior Awards Luncheon May 11.

The Preceptor of the Year Award is presented to one exceptional preceptor who has demonstrated excellence in educating others, managing critical patients and serving as a positive role model. Graduating student pharmacists nominate for the award.

Cherry, who is a clinical specialist at Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, has shown all of the above and much more in her time as a preceptor. When asked about the award, she states, “It’s a humbling honor that has me speechless.”

With a postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency completed at HonorHealth and a desire to continue enhancing her abilities, the neuro and trauma clinical specialist is armed with an exceptionally vast skill set.

Her experience and level of expertise have also helped develop and influence co-workers and students, many of whom have positive things to say about her.

One of her 2016 students says, “Dyan is a fantastic preceptor. I started my APPE rotation with Dyan without any previous pharmacy experience in acute care settings and I finished the rotation with an abundance of knowledge.”

Cherry takes her role as preceptor seriously and consistently expects the highest level of performance from all her students.

“I have been told my rotation is hard, but I have noticed that I set the bar high because I know the students can reach it. In turn, they challenge me with questions that sometimes I don’t know and we get the chance to discover the answer together.”

Although her students are the ones who are expected to be the learners, they also help Cherry develop her skills as a preceptor.

“I enjoy having the ability to precept both Midwestern University and University of Arizona students. Each student I have had, has made me a better preceptor than I was before. I often say that I learn as much from those whom I mentor as they do from me.”

Cherry, who attends to 30-40 patients in critical condition every day, reflects on her responsibilities as a preceptor and clinical specialist.

“Daily, I lead multidisciplinary rounds on all ventilated patients and assess criteria to see if candidates are able to participate safely in physical therapy in an early mobilization program. Twice weekly, I participate in multidisciplinary bedside rounds on all trauma patients. For each patient, I develop a customized care plan by evaluating lab test results, cultures, vital signs, age, organ dysfunction, past medical history, and the current needs of the patient.”

Although she is grateful for the award, being recognized as Preceptor of the Year is only another beginning for the 2009 Midwestern University graduate. Cherry now looks to the future, where she hopes to develop a PGY2 residency program in critical care, trauma and emergency medicine – to advance and elevate the profession.

Photo: Dyan Cherry, Preceptor of the Year

Story by Miguel Mayagoitia, communications assistant

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