The PQA Postdoctoral Executive Fellowship program is designed to produce the next generation of leaders in healthcare quality. Working from a national platform, the PQA Fellow is immersed in a variety of public health issues surrounding appropriate medication management and use. The program focuses on the development of core skillsets in project management, research, quality metric design and implementation, and non-profit administration. The Fellow works closely with a team of professionals to impact the quality of care that patients receive across our nation’s healthcare settings.
The PQA Executive Fellowship is a one-year program based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Each Fellowship experience is custom-tailored to fit the strengths and interests of the Fellow, inclusive of a self-initiated focus project developed in consultation with the PQA Executive Director and senior staff. The hands-on nature of the experience, along with significant mentorship and shadowing opportunities with the diverse stakeholders that make up PQA’s membership, positions graduates of the fellowship to begin careers in pharmacy associations, academia, government, quality organizations, chain pharmacy corporations, pharmaceutical industry, health insurance plans, healthcare technology vendors, and more. This postdoctoral program begins in July and is accompanied by health benefits, a competitive stipend, and relocation assistance.
Key Program Experiences
The Postdoctoral Executive Fellow will gain association management experience by serving as staff liaison to several of PQA’s committees, coordinating the APPE rotation program, and supporting executive leadership in non-profit organization operations. Through support of the measure development process and participation in open meetings of the National Quality Forum (and other quality-related organizations), the Fellow will also gain experience in performance measurement and exposure to the broad healthcare quality landscape. Project management and research experience will also be obtained through completion of a Fellowship Focus Project, a quality-related initiative that advances the mission of PQA.
The Fellow must hold a doctoral degree within the United States (or plan to secure a doctoral degree within 6 months). Those coming from a clinical program (PharmD, MD) must hold a doctorate degree from an accredited school in the United States. PQA seeks individuals with a strong commitment to improving the quality of medication management and use. PQA seeks highly-motivated individuals with:
A strong work ethic;
A high comfort level with working independently and in a collaborative environment;
Strong writing and public speaking skills; and
An ability to effectively manage multiple projects.
Candidates will be required to submit the following materials through an online application platform (see below):
One-page cover letter outlining career goals, personal background, and interest in the Fellowship
Unofficial transcripts from academic institutions (official transcripts should be mailed directly from academic institutions)
Writing sample (e.g., primary author on a journal publication, poster abstract; recommended, but not required)
Two letters of recommendation
For applications to be considered complete, two letters of recommendation from faculty, a dean, and/or employer must be mailed separately and directly from the recommenders to Fellowship@PQAalliance.org by December 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET using the following subject line: "PQA Fellowship - (Candidate Name)".
The online application form may be found at https://pqaalliance.wufoo.com/forms/pqa-executive-fellowship/. All application materials must be received no later than December 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET.
Select candidates will be offered an onsite interview. Interviews will be scheduled for early January, with notification to the selected candidate made before February. Travel expenses will be offset by a modest stipend for those selected for onsite interviews.
For select candidates, PQA’s interview process is as follows:
Phone interviews: January 8 - 12
Onsite interviews: January 15 - 26
Decisions announced: no later than February 2
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