Mickey League, M.S., of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Brian Murray, Pharm.D., are the recipients of the 2017 UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Claude Paoloni Preceptor of the Year Awards.

The awards are given annually to the School’s top health-care-system and community-pharmacy preceptors and were created by the Paoloni family in memory of their father, Claude Paoloni, in recognition of his years of service to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Kim Leadon, M.Ed., who directs the School’s legacy APPE curriculum presented the awards to League and Murray, who were selected by the graduating Pharm.D. class for their outstanding contribution to the educational development of future pharmacists.

Mickey League

Kim Leadon and Mickey League, 2017 preceptor of the year
Kim Leadon and Mickey League

Mickey League is the School’s Community Preceptor of the Year. League is the pharmacy manager at Almand’s Drug Store in the Westridge Shopping Center in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in pharmacy from Auburn University. She earned a certification in immunizations and counsels diabetic and cardiovascular patients in the HealthMap program through the city of Rocky Mount. She is the pharmacist representative to the Nash County Board of Human Services.

League received her B.S. in pharmacy from UNC and completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. She worked there for three years as a staff pharmacist before moving on to earn a master’s degree in pharmacy from Auburn University. She moved to Rocky Mount, North Carolina and practiced at Nash General Hospital for 21 years. In 1997 she became a full-time pharmacist for Almand’s Drug Stores in Rocky Mount where she continues to practice today in her 20th year.

“Mickey League is an amazing pharmacist and person.  I had the pleasure of rotating at Almand’s for a community rotation and it was great to see exactly how much of an impact community pharmacists may have,” said PY4 Ashley Moody. “What was really neat about Mickey’s practice site is that they’ve been modeling the Asheville Project, allowing pharmacists to become integral members of the health-care team by performing biometric screenings and comprehensive medication therapy reviews to city workers in order to improve patient outcomes,”.

Brian Murray

Leadon and Murray
Brian Murray (right) with PY4 Stephanie Jean and Kim Leadon

Brian Murray is the School’s Health-System Preceptor of the Year. Murray serving as a clinical specialist in the medical intensive care unit at UNC Medical Center and is the education coordinator for the residency programs there.

Murray received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2010. He subsequently completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 critical care residency, both at UNC Hospitals.  He is board certified as a critical-care pharmacist and a pharmacotherapy specialist. Murray holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the School’s Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education.

While Murray has been a medical intensive care unit preceptor for only three years, he has mentored 17 UNC students.

“Brian’s passion for teaching and mentoring is clearly evident to all who interact with him,” said PY4 Stephanie Jean. Murray was her preceptor in May 2016. “I want to personally thank Brian for his positive impact on our students and the profession.”


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