May 25, 2018
Dean James Dalton (left) presents the Preceptor of the Year Award to Dr. Jim Miller (right) at the 15th Annual Preceptor Symposium.

Jim Miller, PharmD’06, BCCCP, clinical pharmacy specialist at Michigan Medicine, was named the 2018 Preceptor of the Year Award winner at the 15th Annual Preceptor Symposium, May 11, 2018.

Dr. Miller received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice and PGY-2 residency in critical care at Michigan Medicine in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Currently practicing as a critical care clinical pharmacy specialist at Michigan Medicine, Jim works with an interprofessional team to care for critically ill patients in the surgical intensive care unit. He is passionate about training future pharmacists.

“Dr. Miller creates a welcoming and fun learning atmosphere for students by constantly encouraging active learning in a positive way,” said one of the students who nominated Dr. Miller. “He understands each student comes into rotation at different experience levels and caters his precepting style to accommodate each individual on the rotation. Dr. Miller goes above and beyond for students and acts as a role model even after rotation is over by always being available for advice, questions, and mentorship.”

When asked about his teaching philosophy, Dr. Miller noted that, “The most helpful technique I use to engage students is to convince them, early and often, that they do not need to impress me, they are free from that unspoken but obvious burden they frequently bear. Students are free to answer my questions with whatever level of knowledge they possess without fear that I will think less of them or compare them to someone else. I hope that what the students experience is the application of clinical skill such that our patients feel genuinely cared for, and leave comprehending the professional gratification that comes with a job well done.”

Dr. Miller directs the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residency program at Michigan Medicine and is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy.