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Kate Cozart

Kate Cozart, PharmD, MEd, BCACP, BCGP, BCPS ([email protected]), is a clinical pharmacist practitioner in primary care and PGY1 residency program coordinator for the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. In addition to precepting residents in ambulatory care and teaching certificate programs, she is on the Veterans Health Administration Education Advisory Committee and precepts learners from Union University, Lipscomb University, Belmont University, the University of Tennessee, and Creighton University. Cozart earned her PharmD from Union University College of Pharmacy in Jackson, Tennessee, and completed her PGY1 residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Cozart is an active member of ASHP, specifically as it relates to education and well-being. She has been a part of the Section of Pharmacy Educators (SPE) since its inception, having served as workgroup lead, vice chair, and then chair of the Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Development of the Educational Workforce. In these roles, she has written ASHP Connect posts on impostor phenomenon and psychological safety, facilitated roundtables on impostor phenomenon and challenges and opportunities in precepting, provided a testimonial video for SPE, served on the planning committee for a new DEI guidance document, and hosted a preceptor podcast focused on learner engagement, among other contributions. She is also one of the inaugural Well Being Ambassadors (2022), participates in the ASHP CV review program, and has prepared presentations for the Midyear Clinical Meeting and National Pharmacy Preceptors Conference on the topics of impostor phenomenon, psychological safety, compassion, and professional identity formation.

My personal philosophy for pharmacy practice and education involves enthusiasm for teaching and learning, advocacy for well-being in the workplace, and excellence in clinical care. This philosophy aligns seamlessly with the mission and charges of the Section of Pharmacy Educators.

I regularly try new things as an educator and preceptor, then share both the failures and successes to help others grow in developing quality content for both learners and preceptors. I am an advocate for well-being for learners, leaders, and preceptors and have presented well-being content to audiences at national and state meetings, colleges of pharmacy, and healthcare systems over twenty times in the last two years. Within my practice and speaking engagements, I also advocate for belonging for all within pharmacy education and practice. Every day I serve patients and trainees with a renewed commitment to improve patient care and facilitate preparation of the pharmacist workforce by enhancing well-being for all of us. Finally, I continually work to advance the profession of pharmacy. I do this as an individual with a scope of practice who educates others on the potential we have as a profession, and through a workgroup that recently made strides via a pharmacist scope expansion bill for the state of Tennessee.

As a pharmacist and leader, I take seriously my oath to prepare the next generation of pharmacists and strive to empower the pharmacy workforce as a whole. I am humbled and honored to be considered for service as director-at-large for the Section of Pharmacy Educators.