National Recognition for Making an Impact

Students and faculty at 2016 Research Summit

Tony Huke, who received national recognition for being a preceptor from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, was one of the judges at the UMKC Health Sciences Research Summit in 2016.

Training the next generation of pharmacists is part of Tony Huke’s identity.

Now the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy preceptor is earning national recognition for the role.

Huke was named a master preceptor this spring by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Huke is one of seven to receive the honor for his dedication and commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice.

Huke, who is a 2002 graduate of the UMKC School of Pharmacy, is the clinical manager and residency program director at Truman Medical Centers. He became a preceptor not long after graduating in order to pay it forward to others.

“I really like the thought of being able to influence and help educate the next generation of pharmacists. Then they can perpetuate that to the group behind them,” he said.

There was one particular moment while working at Truman when Huke watched the ripple effect of his work impacting students.

“I was walking through the front office one day and heard one of our preceptors teach a couple of learners,” he said. “And I heard him say something that I knew I had taught him verbatim three years prior. That stopped me in my tracks.”

It was an experience he’ll never forget.

“I taught him something and now he’s teaching the same thing to the next group and so that is pretty powerful to me,” he said.

There’s little question, Huke said, that he’ll continue to be a preceptor for years to come.

“I’ll do this as long as I’m kicking,” he said. “(Mentors) gave back to me and I want to continue that and give back to the next generation.”