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Brett Kvenild

Preceptor of the Year 2019-2020

Brett Kvenild is a pharmacist who graduated from the UW School of Pharmacy.The University of Wyoming (UW) School of Pharmacy awarded two Preceptors of the Year for the 2019-20 academic year. Pharmacist, Brett Kvenild, who precepts students at Pole Mountain Pharmacy in Laramie, WY was one of the award recipients. Brett was interviewed to find out what he does to earn the respect and admiration of his students so that other preceptors can learn from him.  Below is his background experience, as well as his tips and ideas on ways to educate and motivate students.

Brett had no history of pharmacy going into the major, but he had started out as a business major with an interest in health care.  He graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) in 1998 and started working at Bartell Drugs in Seattle, WA.  He stayed with Bartell Drugs for four years and then came back to Laramie where he worked at Express Pharmacy.  Express was later purchased by Walgreens pharmacy and Brett continued to work for Walgreens until he opened his own pharmacy, Pole Mountain Pharmacy, in 2018.

The University of Wyoming (UW) School of Pharmacy awarded two Preceptors of the Year for the 2019-20 academic year. Pharmacist, Brett Kvenild, who precepts students at Pole Mountain Pharmacy in Laramie, WY was one of the award recipients. Brett was interviewed to find out what he does to earn the respect and admiration of his students so that other preceptors can learn from him.  Below is his background experience, as well as his tips and ideas on ways to educate and motivate students.

Brett had no history of pharmacy going into the major, but he had started out as a business major with an interest in health care.  He graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) in 1998 and started working at Bartell Drugs in Seattle, WA.  He stayed with Bartell Drugs for four years and then came back to Laramie where he worked at Express Pharmacy.  Express was later purchased by Walgreens pharmacy and Brett continued to work for Walgreens until he opened his own pharmacy, Pole Mountain Pharmacy, in 2018.

As a staff pharmacist Brett would work with students, and it was about eight years ago when he started taking students as a preceptor.  Brett finds the energy and the excitement students have for the profession infectious.  He likes to share his experiences with students, and he enjoys getting their ideas and thoughts on things.

Brett tailors his students’ rotations to the interests of each student and focuses his educational efforts to those areas.  If he identifies areas a student needs to work on, he will also make sure he focuses on those during the time the student is with him.  He tries to remember students are there to learn, so he takes the time to show students all aspects of community pharmacy.  This includes how to deal with insurance issues, DUR rejections, interactions, etc.  Brett tries to look for learning opportunities for each student and encourages them to speak up if they have questions or want to learn more about a particular subject.  He knows that just because it’s a habit to him, for many students, the activities he does on a daily basis are new to them.

The staff and patients at Pole Mountain Pharmacy enjoy interacting with the students, which makes for a positive experience for the students.  Brett is good at building relationships, and he likes showing students how to do that, whether it’s with patients, doctors, nurses, or other pharmacists.  He has a one on one conversation with students on day one of the rotation and sets a plan for the rotation.  He then makes sure he keeps communicating with the students throughout the rotation so students have solid expectations for the rotation.  Brett utilizes the students Personal Learning Plans as a way to set expectations and then he allows projects to come up organically during the four week rotation. 

Brett encourages other pharmacists to take students for rotations.  He feels the experience provides a lot of benefits for the pharmacist and it’s a good way to give back to the profession.  He has made some really great relationships with students over the years, and he likes to hear from them and learn what they are doing post-graduation.

Thank you, Brett, for all of your hard work and dedication to UWSOP students.

As a staff pharmacist Brett would work with students, and it was about eight years ago when he started taking students as a preceptor.  Brett finds the energy and the excitement students have for the profession infectious.  He likes to share his experiences with students, and he enjoys getting their ideas and thoughts on things.

Brett tailors his students’ rotations to the interests of each student and focuses his educational efforts to those areas.  If he identifies areas a student needs to work on, he will also make sure he focuses on those during the time the student is with him.  He tries to remember students are there to learn, so he takes the time to show students all aspects of community pharmacy.  This includes how to deal with insurance issues, DUR rejections, interactions, etc.  Brett tries to look for learning opportunities for each student and encourages them to speak up if they have questions or want to learn more about a particular subject.  He knows that just because it’s a habit to him, for many students, the activities he does on a daily basis are new to them.

The staff and patients at Pole Mountain Pharmacy enjoy interacting with the students, which makes for a positive experience for the students.  Brett is good at building relationships, and he likes showing students how to do that, whether it’s with patients, doctors, nurses, or other pharmacists.  He has a one on one conversation with students on day one of the rotation and sets a plan for the rotation.  He then makes sure he keeps communicating with the students throughout the rotation so students have solid expectations for the rotation.  Brett utilizes the students Personal Learning Plans as a way to set expectations and then he allows projects to come up organically during the four week rotation. 

Brett encourages other pharmacists to take students for rotations.  He feels the experience provides a lot of benefits for the pharmacist and it’s a good way to give back to the profession.  He has made some really great relationships with students over the years, and he likes to hear from them and learn what they are doing post-graduation.

Thank you, Brett, for all of your hard work and dedication to UWSOP students.

 

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