Preceptor of the Year: Emory Martin

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As a preceptor for the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, an individual should assist professional student pharmacists in reaching their full potential. They teach. They assist. They inspire.

Emory Martin, Pharm.D., is not just a preceptor to his students. Teaching them is his main priority, but he goes beyond teaching. He treats the students as if they are his own, helping them feel comfortable and appreciated throughout every step that they take—a major contributing factor when it comes to students’ success.

This is part of the reason students voted him as the 2013 Preceptor of the Year for the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy.

“Although I say I did not deserve the award, I really appreciate it all,” he said. “It was kind and I was really honored by the recognition. The students make each day a meaningful day.”

Students view Martin as humble.

“Dr. Martin has plenty of experience yet he never makes anyone feel inferior, and he has a great attitude about work and life,” said Carlos Robledo, Pharm.D., Class of 2013. “I consider myself lucky to have been a student of Dr. Martin’s, and I am sure that I will look to him for guidance as my career progresses.”

Martin has been affiliated with the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy as a preceptor since the inaugural class of students began their fourth-year rotations in 2009. He is currently vice president of pharmacy services at Scott & White Health System in Temple.

“Most of these students are about the age of my children. I act fatherly, trying to encourage them. I want them to be comfortable,” Martin said. “They are so eager to learn, but sometimes feel intimidated. That makes it easier for me to help them in their transition. It would be smart for me to give 100 percent of my time to my pharmacy administrative duties, but if I did, I would find things less rewarding. I love teaching the students.”

His dedication to his role as a preceptor also impresses his students. Although he has other duties and commitments, Dr. Martin has a positive impact on those he teaches.

“Dr. Martin is an outstanding preceptor and maintains a very good rapport with everyone he interacts with,” said Hiren Bhakta, Pharm.D., Class of 2013.

Martin is a native Texan but spent much of his life living in California. He received his doctorate of pharmacy degree in 1984 from the University of California-San Francisco School of Pharmacy.

He completed two years of pharmacy residency training at the University of Michigan hospitals. Martin’s goal in completing two years of post-graduate clinical pharmacy residency was to pursue a career in hospital-based teaching—one of his biggest passions. He returned to Texas in 1986 where he pursued a career in the pharmacy field. He became a member of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy’s teaching faculty.

Dr. Martin has practiced at Brackenridge Hospital, Seton Main and the North Austin Medical Center. He is also a past president of the Austin Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Heart of Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Although Martin is able to use his life and work experiences as inspiration when it comes to teaching, he gives much credit to those around him.

“I am fortunate that I have services that assist my students,” he said. “When I am not available, I am lucky enough that other staff members are available to act as assistant preceptors. They share their experiences, which greatly helps.”

After raising five children, he and his wife, Carolyn, now reside in rural Williamson County. His hobbies include fishing, birding, building and Boy Scouts. He is currently president of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists.