College of Pharmacy’s Jeffrey Cook, Pharm.D., MBA, Named AACP Master Preceptor

By Benjamin Waldrum

Cook is one of only three master preceptors nationwide to be recognized this year.

The AACP Master Preceptor Recognition Program recognizes preceptors who are not full-time employees of a college or school of pharmacy for their sustained commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice.

“This may be an individual award, but it could not have been possible without the collaboration and support from Dean Cindy Stowe, Associate Dean Seth Heldenbrand and Amy Franks, the chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice,” Cook said. “We worked as a team to provide a larger number of student experiences, increase the number of qualified preceptors, and focus on being a unified pharmacy team, both academically and operationally. We continue to strive for meaningful student engagement, as we all understand that the students are the future of the pharmacy profession.”

Cook is a trained project manager and pharmacy technology enthusiast. In his role with the college, Cook works to provide safe and efficient pharmaceutical care in the health system while advancing pharmacy education.

Cook served eight years with the U.S. Army before pursuing a career in pharmacy. He obtained his Pharm.D. from The Ohio State University in 2004, and obtained dual master’s degrees in pharmacy economics and business administration from the University of Florida and Stetson University in Deland, Florida, respectively. He worked in Ohio as a clinical pharmacy leader, a hospital pharmacy director and a multiple-site pharmacy administrator before joining UAMS in 2019.

Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing pharmacy education in the United States. Pharmacy is the third largest health profession — after nursing and medicine — with more than 300,000 clinicians practicing in community-based practices, hospitals/health systems and many other health care settings.

The mission of AACP is to lead and partner with its members in advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service to improve societal health.