Laura Sjoquist, Pharm.D.

Laura Sjoquist, Pharm.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, won first place in the 2018 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Education and Training PRN poster competition.

Sjoquist is the experiential programs academic fellow in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the School. She received the award after presenting at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Global Conference in Seattle in October.

The research poster, entitled “An Exploration of Student Progression Toward Practice Readiness,” was co-authored by PACE faculty members Antonio Bush, Ph.D., Macary Marciniak, Pharm.D., and Nicole Pinelli Reitter, Pharm.D.

The qualitative research study evaluated preceptor feedback gathered from midpoint and final evaluations of student pharmacists completing their first practice experience in health system or community pharmacy settings.

The School’s Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) framework was utilized to explore the strengths and challenges of student pharmacists’ progression toward competent practice. EPA feedback provided by preceptors was overwhelmingly positive.

“Our findings provide insight into opportunities to enhance the experiential training of our future pharmacists,” Sjoquist said.

Sjoquist’s research was selected from 14 posters evaluated by the ACCP Education and Training PRN judges.

During her fellowship at UNC, Sjoquist is conducting experiential education research, particularly related to preceptor and student pharmacist development and professional wellness and resiliency within the experiential education environment.

Sjoquist earned her Pharm.D. from the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy in 2018.

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