As pharmacy care models refocus on the quality rather than the quantity of care, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and CVS Health Foundation are doing their part to prepare future pharmacists.
The two organizations have ushered in the 2017-18 class of PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars. Now in year two, the program supports and recognizes pharmacy student excellence in projects based on quality-related initiatives; education surrounding quality measures and value-based models of care; and student activity in the development of quality-related initiatives.
The goal: Drive pharmacy student engagement in performance measurement and quality improvement.
“It is exciting to see how the interest in the PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program has grown between the first and second year,” commented Hannah Fish, associate director for education and communications at PQA.
“Many high-caliber students applied for the program,” she noted, “and we look forward to the scholars’ growth in their understanding of the changing quality and performance-based landscape over the next year. Through our partnership with the CVS Health Foundation, we are able to provide this unique opportunity to educate the future generation of quality-minded professionals.”
Supported by a mentor, participating student pharmacists will execute a quality-based project concept, which they were required to submit as part of their applications. The program provides a scholarship for scholars to attend the PQA Leadership Summit in November and present the results of their project at the PQA Annual Meeting in May 2018.
“The CVS Health Foundation is committed to supporting future pharmacy leaders and is proud to partner with PQA to advance their education of quality performance and measurement,” stated Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “We are pleased to be working with these bright students and look forward to seeing the results of their work later this year.”
The 2017-18 PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars hail from the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, Howard University College of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, South Carolina College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy and University of Washington School of Pharmacy.