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URI College of Pharmacy announces Preceptors of the Year

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- December 22, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy has announced the recipients of its "Preceptor of the Year" awards. Jim Ryan of East Greenwich was honored as "Early Pharmacy Practice Preceptor of the Year," and Cumberland resident Linda Rowe-Varone was named "Advanced Pharmacy Practice Preceptor of the Year."

Preceptors oversee pharmacy studentsí clinical experiences and serve as their mentors.

Ryan is a 1978 graduate of the URI College of Pharmacy. He has served as a preceptor for nearly 100 URI students over the past 20 years. Ryan worked at The Miriam Hospital for 12 years and has been at the Veteranís Administration Medical Center in Providence for 11 years where he serves as inpatient pharmacy program director.

"Weíve always been fortunate to have such outstanding students assigned to the VA," Ryan wrote in a letter to the university. "Students are bright, have wonderful communication and interpersonal skills, and they arrive with a professional attitude and very well prepared. I consider these attributes a direct reflection on the distinguished faculty and the quality education the students receive from the highly respected URI College of Pharmacy.

"Iím pleased and thankful for the medical center staff and myself having received this award," Ryan continued. He also lauded the VA: "I would be remiss not to give the staff their well-deserved recognition in assisting me in this endeavor. We look forward to continuing our valuable and rewarding relationship with the University and students."

Rowe-Varone received both her bachelor of science in pharmacy and her doctor of pharmacy degree at the URI College of Pharmacy with a specialization in psychiatric pharmacy. She currently is employed at Butler Hospital. She is also a Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator (CDOE) and volunteers her services at the Rhode Island free clinic. "She will be instrumental in starting a psychiatric pharmacy residency at Butler Hospital," according to Kathy Fisher, interim director of advanced practice experience at URIís College of Pharmacy. The psychiatric pharmacy residency will begin in the summer.