2020-2021 Preceptors of the Year Announced

You won’t find them at a lectern, in the skills laboratory, or walking the halls to class at one of the College of Pharmacy’s campuses. They may be one of the most valuable members of the PharmDawg family, however.

College of Pharmacy preceptors, who are located in clinics, hospitals, community pharmacies, and other healthcare-related entities all across the state, provide experiential training to students as they prepare for their pharmacy careers. These experienced volunteer practitioners supervise PharmDawg students as they work on the frontlines of patient care.

Each year, the College of Pharmacy presents three outstanding mentors with the “Preceptor of the Year” award. Based upon student nominations, the honor recognizes preceptors who excel at stimulating interest in their practice areas, creating a positive and constructive learning environment, and serving as mentors to student pharmacists.

We are proud to announce this year’s Preceptors of the Year!


Samantha Burke ’14, Pharm.D., BCPS
Augusta University Medical Center 
Augusta, GA

Dr. Burke is an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from UGA. Her practice focuses on inpatient family medicine pharmacy services in addition to transitions of care, discharge education, and precepting pharmacy students. She is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS); her professional interests include diabetes management and cystic fibrosis.


Claire Pearson, Pharm.D., BCPPS
Northside Hospital
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Pearson is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. A Michigan native and graduate of Drake University College of Pharmacy in Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Pearson completed her PGY-1 at Indiana University Health and her PGY-2 in Pediatrics with the same health system at Riley Hospital for Children. Since joining Northside Hospital, she also has become a Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS).


Emilee Robertson ’07, Pharm.D., BCPS
St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System
Savannah, GA

Dr. Robertson is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UGA College of Pharmacy in 2007. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler and was the second graduate of the Non-Traditional PGY1 Residency Program. She is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and has completed the Antimicrobial Stewardship Certification Program through the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists.