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| Jeffrey Cook, Pharm.D., MBA, chief pharmacy officer for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and assistant dean for the UAMS College of Pharmacy, has been appointed master preceptor by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). ).
Cook is one of only three national tutors recognized this year.
The AACP Master Preceptor Recognition Program rewards non-permanent preceptors of a college or pharmacy school for their ongoing commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice.
“This may be an individual award, but it would not have been possible without the collaboration and support of Dean Cindy Stowe, Associate Dean Seth Heldenbrand and Amy Franks, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice,” Cook said. “We work as a team to provide more student experiences, increase the number of qualified teachers, and focus on becoming a unified pharmacy team, both academically and operationally. We continue to seek meaningful student engagement, because we all understand that students are the future of the pharmacy profession.”
Cook is a trained project manager and pharmaceutical technology enthusiast. In his role with the college, Cook works to provide safe and efficient pharmaceutical care within the healthcare system while advancing pharmacy education.
Cook served eight years with the US Army before pursuing a career in pharmacy. He obtained Pharm.D. from The Ohio State University in 2004, and earned dual master’s degrees in pharmaceutical economics and business administration from the University of Florida and Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He worked in Ohio as a clinical pharmacy lead, hospital pharmacy director, and multi-site pharmacy administrator before joining UAMS in 2019.
Founded in 1900, the AACP is the national organization representing pharmaceutical education in the United States. Pharmacy is the third largest healthcare profession – after nursing and medicine – with more than 300,000 doctors practicing in community-based practices, hospitals/health systems, and many other healthcare settings.
The AACP’s mission is to lead and partner with its members in advancing pharmaceutical education, research, scholarship, practice, and services to improve public health.