Method is honored with campus-wide award

May 15, 2023

Congratulating Method (second from left) at the awards program were UH Regent Wayne Higaki, UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin and Dr. Jarred Prudencio, nominator.

Christina Method, DKICP clinical education support specialist, received the 2023 UH Hilo Professional Staff Award at the recent campus year-end awards program. “Christina exemplifies mastery of her area and has had such positive impacts on the college, including students, faculty, staff and external stakeholders,” says Jarred Prudencio, associate professor and director of experiential education, who nominated Method.

“She is responsible for helping ensure experiential education activities for the Doctor of Pharmacy students are operating smoothly, which can be challenging, at times,” he adds. “Experiential education represents roughly one-third of the curriculum, where students are learning at various rotation sites throughout the state. Christina works to ensure that students meet the necessary clearance requirements set forth by all of the external sites, including hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.”

He says her high-level organizational skills help in planning and logistics, including organizing student schedules for rotations. “Many faculty reach out to her for assistance in scheduling large events, such as verbal examinations or interprofessional events that involve multiple faculty through a mix of in-person and online connections in various locations.

“Christina communicates with so many external stakeholders from various healthcare settings and is a strong representative for the college and University,” he says. “Her primary responsibilities with these interactions are to ensure students are cleared for their experiential rotations. Being a Certified Pharmacy Technician, herself, she truly understands how healthcare organizations function and is able to network well with these entities.”

Prudencio also noted her impact on DKICP students. “She cares deeply about them and does whatever she can to help them succeed. I have heard her many times telling students to remember why they wanted to be a pharmacist, and to keep their end goal in mind when the coursework gets tough.”

Method has worked in the Office of Experiential Education and Department of Pharmacy Practice since 2014. Prior to becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician, she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UH Hilo.

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