The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation named Sharon M. Sherrer, PharmD the recipient of the 2019 National Preceptor of the Year award, during the NCPA 2019 Annual Convention in San Diego, California.

A practicing pharmacist for 40 years, Sherrer has extensive experience in many aspects of the profession. She has worked in both chain and community pharmacy, clinical and consultation, and hospital and research. Most recently, she implemented a PGY1 Community Pharmacy residency program at her independent pharmacy. Over the past 20 years, Sherrer has had ownership in 4 pharmacies, and she is currently a partner in Poole’s Pharmacy in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband, John, and son, Thomas.

Sherrer is a 1979 graduate of the University of Georgia’s School of Pharmacy, and a 1984 graduate of Mercer University’s Southern School of Pharmacy, where she received her doctor of pharmacy degree. She has also served as a preceptor for student pharmacists since 1985.

Throughout her career, Sherrer has consistently served in pharmacy initiatives and with organizations locally, statewide, and on the national level. She served as president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association, from 2007 to 2008; and in 2014 was named honorary president of the NCPA. She received the Albert E. Rosica Jr. award from the Research and Education Foundation of the American College of Apothecaries in 2015 for outstanding contributions to pharmacy education; and was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia, which recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities, in 2018.

Pharmacy has been a family affair in the Sherrer family. She said that 1 of her greatest achievements is finding a work-life balance. Sherrer is married to a pharmacist, is the mother of a pharmacist, and is the mother-in-law of a pharmacist. Her daughter is also involved in the family business, managing First Aid of America, a division of Poole’s Pharmacy. During Sherrer's free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.


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Sharon M. Sherrer awarded 2019 National Preceptor of the Year award by NCPA Foundation [news release]. San Diego, CA; October 27, 2019; National Community Pharmacists Association. ncpanet.org/newsroom/news-releases/2019/10/27/sharon-m.-sherrer-awarded-2019-national-preceptor-of-the-year-award-by-ncpa-foundation Accessed October 27, 2019.