Alumnus honored for excellence in pharmacy, teaching

By Lori Maricle, WSU College of Pharmacy

michael-vargaSPOKANE, Wash. – Michael Varga, alumnus and director of pharmacy at Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, has been named the Washington State University College of Pharmacy’s 2016 Preceptor of the Year.

The award is for demonstrating high standards of professionalism, ethics and clinical practice while mentoring WSU pharmacy students in their experiential training rotation.

WSU’s Luke Rice, left, and honoree Michael Varga.

“Dr. Varga helped me develop confidence as a pharmacist that I took with me to all my other rotations,” said Donna Mui, one of Varga’s nominators.

“He made my time not only educational but enjoyable and full of experiences I wouldn’t get anywhere else,” said Kamal Atallah, a 2016 WSU pharmacy graduate.

“Michael is the true definition of an outstanding preceptor who goes above and beyond for our student pharmacists to ensure they receive the best learning experience,” said program assistant director Luke Rice.

Varga received his doctor of pharmacy degree in 2010 at WSU.



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