PURPOSE The specialized residency/fellowship in healthcare quality and medication safety is a 12‐24 month, post‐graduate program. The purpose of this program is to prepare the resident for one of several roles, including a clinical faculty position focused in interdisciplinary healthcare quality and safety, for leadership roles in healthcare settings, particularly in areas focusing on medication safety, consultant pharmacy, healthcare internet technology use, or for roles in national organizations focused in safe healthcare practices (e.g. Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Institute for Healthcare Improvement), to name a few. Opportunities in this area are expanding and growing rapidly
TRAINING SITE and PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The resident’s training takes place in the UF Health Physicians (UFHP) administration department and within over 50 UFHP clinics. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for interaction and experiences with Shands hospital medication safety and overall quality programs. Intertwined within this training are teaching opportunities in College of Pharmacy courses and an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Continuous Quality Improvement rotation.
MISSION The mission of this program is to prepare pharmacists for a career in healthcare quality improvement and medication safety by providing the opportunity to gain important skills and knowledge in this area. These skills include interpreting literature in medication safety and healthcare quality, understanding nuances of quality improvement science and research, understanding national healthcare quality initiatives, and conducting performance improvement projects.
The healthcare quality and medication safety resident will work closely with the mentor and will play a central role in several committees, including the UFHP Clinical Safety Committee, Nursing Practice Council, and the Quality and Safety Committee. The resident will provide vital medication information and safety perspectives. In addition, the resident will function as a licensed consultant pharmacist for the UFHP practices (working directly under the consultant pharmacist of record). In this role, the resident will function to educate clinicians about medication safety and quality of care and provide oversight for medication use practices in the UFHP clinics. In addition, the resident will have some limited clinical responsibilities to better understand and advise clinic operations.
The resident will have an option to complete a second year as a fellowship at the mentor’s discretion. During the fellowship year, the training program will culminate with a large‐scale research project or performance improvement project in the area of healthcare quality and safety.