Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
VA employee earns annual award from UGA School of Pharmacy
March 30, 2018
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy has honored a staff member from Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center for her work with the college’s students.
Jennifer Blanchard (pictured), Pharm.D, BCPS, earned honors as one of the university’s Preceptors of the Year for 2017-2018 representing the central Georgia area. Blanchard is chief of pharmacy for the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s two hospitals located in Augusta and three clinics in Aiken, S.C., Athens and Statesboro.
In medicine, a preceptor is a skilled practitioner or faculty member who supervises students in a clinical setting to allow practical experience with patients. The students who nominated Blanchard judged her on contributions to residency training, her teaching philosophy, mentorship, leadership and active participation in research, education and service.
Blanchard said she was honored to receive this award and grateful to know that her passion for teaching translates to the students and results in a meaningful experience. “I am a product of VA rotations as a student and the completion of a VA residency. I feel that the VA offers one of the most dynamic practice environments for a Pharmacist. I am compelled to share that through teaching and precepting future pharmacists,” Blanchard said.
In this case, it’s the VA and Blanchard working with students from UGA. Blanchard said the partnership between the two institutions offers a great place to learn.
“One of the VA’s core missions is to teach, and with the VA offering one of the best practice environments for a Pharmacist to practice, partnering with UGA College of Pharmacy creates a fantastic learning environment for the students and creates succession planning opportunities for the VA,” she said.
She said students often cite their VA rotations as the primary reason they pursue VA residencies and positions in the future. “Our Veterans deserve the best and this early exposure through rotations as students help to attract top performers to VA practice.”
Dr. Terri Lockhart, acting chief of staff at VA Augusta, said Blanchard’s recognition is indicative of what VA is all about.
“Dr. Blanchard’s efforts with our Veterans and through being a preceptor embody the VA’s core values of integrity, compassion, advocacy, respect and excellence. I’m proud to have her on my team and serving the veterans in our community.”
Blanchard, a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and doctor of pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. She has worked in the VA for 15 years and has been at VA Augusta for almost three. She is originally from Flint, Michigan.
She will receive her award at a banquet April 27.