February 18, 2021 caroline

Excelera Residency Showcases Highlights Quality Improvement Projects and other Research Projects

Excelera_Residency_Rotation_LogoAlthough COVID-19 disrupted the option to hold in-person events, it also compelled us to think differently and offer novel opportunities. One such opportunity was shifting to a virtual format for 2020 – 2021, so Excelera Network members and their pharmacy residents could participate in four topic-based sessions and to showcase their Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs) and research.

Excelera received immense interest in the showcases from residents as well as Excelera Network members. The December and January showcases featured the following presentations from six Excelera Network members.

  • Refinement of a High Dose Biologic Evaluation Program at a Health-System Specialty Pharmacy presented by Jordan Mendkoff, PharmD, PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident at Fairview Pharmacy Services and M Health Fairview
  • Implementation of a Hypertension Management Protocol for Oral Chemotherapy in Specialty Pharmacy presented by Gabriel Wang, PharmD, PGY1 Specialty Pharmacy Resident at Keck Medicine of USC Specialty Pharmacy
  • Impact of Pharmacist Conducted Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3) Assessments on Therapy Modification in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) presented by Erica Godley, PharmD, PGY1 Resident at Novant Health
  • Relationship Between Health Literacy and Hospital Readmission in High-Risk Patients presented by Lourdes (Lulu) Vega, PharmD, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • The Impact of Medication Assistance Programs on Adherence in Glioblastoma Multiforme Patients Prescribed Temozolomide presented by Esther Eom, PharmD, Yale NewHaven Hospital
  • Implementation of an Ambulatory Refill Authorization Program at an Academic Health System presented by Monark Nakrani, PharmD, Oregon Health & Science University

Lana Gerzenshtein, PharmD, BCPS, CSP, Manager of Network Clinical Programs at Excelera explained, “We wanted to provide residents with an audience familiar with specialty pharmacy so that they could have a good level of feedback and engagement. It’s also a great way for residents to learn about what colleagues are doing at different sites.”

Though COVID-19 has changed our residency rotation into a virtual format, the change may be of continued benefit to the residents. Virtual showcases eliminate many variables, such as travel expenses and time away from their pharmacies, that may prevent members and residents from participating. In addition, virtual platforms can be more accommodating and accessible for presenters and audiences.

ExceleraRx, LLC aims to encourage careers in specialty pharmacy and provide residents with an understanding of the potential career opportunities within health system specialty pharmacy, one of the fastest growing sectors of healthcare. Read our recently published article about how we are supporting careers in Health System Specialty Pharmacy (HSSP) with our virtual residency rotation.

For more information about Excelera’s Residency Rotation for Excelera Network members, contact us at info@excelerarx.com.