Opening Session Keynote

Wednesday, October 2

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET


Lessons Learned — Precepting and Running Marathons

How do running marathons relate to precepting? Join us for the Opening Keynote with Dr. Melissa S. Medina to find out. In this session, Dr. Medina will share five key lessons she has learned from both running marathons and precepting. You'll have the opportunity to reflect on your own journey by identifying at least one precepting mentor or activity that inspired you to become a preceptor, and articulate at least one of your core precepting beliefs. Additionally, you'll discover how to define your precepting philosophy using a nine-step structure. This insightful and inspiring session is not to be missed!

Learning Objectives:

  • List five lessons learned from running marathons and precepting.
  • Name at least one precepting mentor or activity that inspired you to become a preceptor.
  • State at least one of your precepting beliefs.
  • Identify your precepting philosophy using a nine-step structure.


Melissa S. Medina, EdD, EdM, BA

Melissa Medina

Dr. Melissa Medina earned her bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology and doctorate degree in educational psychology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Dr. Medina joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in 2000. She currently serves as the Interim Dean, a Professor, a David Ross Boyd Professor, a Presidential Professor, and the Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation. She is the Director of the College’s co-curriculum program as well as the PGY1 and PGY 2 Residency Teaching Certificate Programs. Dr. Medina is also the Director of Preparing Future Faculty for the University of Oklahoma Graduate College and the Co-Director of the Scholarship and Teaching Excellence Program for all health sciences center faculty on campus.

Dr. Medina’s research interests are focused on student learning outcomes related to active learning, critical thinking, problem solving, assessment strategies, generational differences, and rubrics. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and has delivered over 125 local, national, and international presentations on topics. She is also an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE).

Dr. Medina served as the 2013 Chair for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) Outcomes Committee and the 2021-2023 Chair of the Curricular Outcomes and Entrustable Activities Committee, which are the national education program outcomes for pharmacy students that inform the pharmacy education accreditation standards. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the AACP Council of Deans.

Nationally, Dr. Medina has won 2 of the 4 highest honors in pharmacy education at AACP including the 2023 AACP Lyman Award for the Best AJPE Publication of the Year and the AACP Robert K. Chalmers National Distinguished Pharmacy Educator of the Year Award. She has received 7 other national pharmacy education awards including, the AACP Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award and the AACP Social and Administrative Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Publication of the Year.

Dr. Medina has won 12 University of Oklahoma teaching awards including two OUHSC distinguished professorships, the OUHSC Student Government Association Advisor of the Year, the OUHSC Regent’s Award for Superior Teaching, and the OU College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Award.