Pharmacist to receive 2010 Preceptor of the Year award

October 27, 2010 | News, UToday
By Kate Wente



Dr. Valerie Householder, University pharmacist, will receive the prestigious honor of being named the 2010 UT College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year.

Householder, a clinical outpatient pharmacist in the UT Main Campus Medical Center since 2006, will be honored during the College of Pharmacy’s fall convocation Thursday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. in Collier Building Room1000B on Health Science Campus.

“This award is so cool because it’s the students that actually nominate and recognize you for your hard work to the profession,” said Cindy Puffer, UT coordinator of managed care pharmacy services at UT Medical Center. “It’s something that truly puts value to everything Valerie does for the students.”

A UT alumna, Householder graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy with a doctor of pharmacy degree in 2003. She received her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences in 2001.

“I had absolutely no idea that I would be winning an award like this,” Householder said. “It makes me feel really good that the students have really learned something from me and appreciate what we do here. It is truly rewarding.”

Householder previously served as director of pharmacy at Mercy Hospital in Defiance, Ohio, and has worked as a pharmacist in both hospital and retail settings in Ohio and Indiana.

“Valerie is such a hard-working individual,” Puffer said. “She clearly puts the students first and wants them to succeed, making her such a good role model for them.”

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