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Clinical Pharmacist at Hackensack University Medical Center Wins National Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award

December 22, 2011 09:06 AM
Dorothy McCoy, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-ID, Infectious Diseases clinical pharmacist at HackensackUMC

Dorothy McCoy, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-ID, Infectious Diseases clinical pharmacist at Hackensack University Medical Center and clinical assistant professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, has received the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2011 Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award. The award, sponsored in part by an educational donation provided by Amgen, Inc., is presented to a pharmacy residency preceptor who has demonstrated excellence in the training of pharmacy residents during the first three to five years of serving as a preceptor. Dr. McCoy was presented with the award at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans earlier this month.

The national award recognizes a recipient with an ASHP residency accreditation, and the winner is selected based upon the nominee’s ability to: provide an excellent practice environment for residency training and learning; successfully train pharmacy residents;  employ unique and innovative methods for teaching and quality improvement; positively influence the careers of residency graduates; contribute to the pharmacy department’s mission; and develop the use of an organized process for the development of residency preceptors.

Dr. McCoy received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Rutgers University, and subsequently completed a PGY-1 residency at HackensackUMC and a PGY-2 program at the University of Michigan. Since then, she has continuously served as a professional mentor, and has created residency learning experiences in conjunction with physicians.  She recently received added qualifications in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, and her work as a residency advisor has garnered national recognition.

 “Since Dr. McCoy completed her PGY-1 residency here at HackensackUMC, this is not only a great accomplishment for Dorothy, but a reflection of the overall residency program that we have at the medical center,” said Robert Fakelmann, R.Ph., administrator of Clinical Services, Department of Patient Safety at Hackensack University Medical Center.  “In addition to serving as a clinical professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Dr. McCoy is also a preceptor for students who rotate through HackensackUMC, and is involved our Antibiotic Stewardship Program, which provides outstanding infectious disease treatment and therapy. This award is recognizes her achievements in helping others.”

 “It is an honor to receive this award,” said Dr. McCoy. “As a preceptor and mentor, I invest time and energy so that the residents receive the best possible rotation experience. It has been extremely rewarding to watch the residents' growth and development into clinicians and see their successes during my time with them and as they move on in their careers.”


About Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) is a 775-bed not-for-profit, tertiary care, teaching and research hospital and provides the largest number of admissions in New Jersey. Founded in 1888 with 12 beds and as Bergen County's first hospital, HUMC has demonstrated more than a century of growth and progress. HUMC is a nationally recognized healthcare organization offering patients the most comprehensive services, state-of-the-art technologies, and facilities. Honors include being named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades® for five years in a row. HUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York, and New England to receive this honor for five consecutive years. HUMC was also named one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked HUMC eighth in the New York Metro Area in its first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, giving it the top ranking out of all the New Jersey hospitals listed. Additionally, HUMC has been ranked in geriatrics, heart and heart surgery, and cancer in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals.  The U.S. News Media Group also named the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital to its “2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals” list – ranking as one of the top 50 in the specialty of neurology and neurosurgery – the first hospital in the State of New Jersey ever to be ranked in a Best Children’s Hospitals specialty. HUMC is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, first in New Jersey, second in the nation, receiving its fourth designation in April 2009. HUMC is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants and the New Jersey Nets.


About the ASHP Foundation

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation ( was established in 1968 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists ( as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. As the philanthropic arm of ASHP, our vision is that patient outcomes improve because of the leadership and clinical skills of pharmacists, as vital members of the health care team, accountable for safe and effective medication use. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of patients in health systems through appropriate, safe and effective medication use.






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