Published on 01 December 2015
In what may be a first-ever occurrence, two newly named distinguished young pharmacist award winners share an office. Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., BCACP, recently received the award in Missouri. Just a few days later, Goldie Peters, Pharm.D., BCPS, accepted the Illinois award. Both are assistant professors of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Both awards have similar criteria, calling for the winner to show commitment to the profession of pharmacy and make outstanding contributions to the community. Kebodeaux has a shared faculty position with Walgreens Pharmacy, where he works in a pharmacist-based clinic providing expanded services to patients. Peter’s practice site is at the St. Louis VA Medical Center, where he has increased authority to help veterans manage chronic diseases like diabetes.
“It’s not about the awards,” Kebodeaux says. “My job is to provide excellent care for my patients, as well as prepare the next generation of pharmacists.”
Peters is equally deferential.
“As pharmacists, we’re in an excellent position to advocate for the health of our patients,” Peters says. “Whether it’s taking a close look at their medications to see if we can improve their lives, making a recommendation to help relieve suffering, or administering an immunization to prevent a serious disease, we get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from providing a measure of help.”
Kebodeaux and Peters also instruct student pharmacists in the classroom and help translate those lessons into direct, hands-on patient care at their practice sites.
“Both Dr. Kebodeaux and Dr. Peters are excellent teachers and clinicians,” says Tricia Berry, Pharm.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. “They go above and beyond for their patients, which is important for student pharmacists to see firsthand. It’s an impressive example for students to follow.”