The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) is excited to partner with the CVS Health Foundation to offer a Scholars Program that will support and recognize student excellence in projects centered on quality-related initiatives. PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars will design, implement and present a project related to quality measurement or improvement with the help of a mentor familiar with the quality landscape. Through this scholarship program, we will encourage, promote, and improve education surrounding quality measures and value-based models of care; foster student interest and engagement in the development of quality-related initiatives; and foster student-mentor relationships. With the focus on quality and performance-based models in the healthcare system intensifying, student pharmacists, together with their mentor, must be prepared to understand the changing dynamics within the quality landscape at the local, state or national level as professional pharmacy students prepare to launch their careers following their formal education.
PQA and the CVS Health Foundation will support up to 15 student-mentor pairs for the inaugural year of this program. Each student within the pair will receive a stipend to support their expenses to attend and actively participate in up to two PQA live meetings. By attending the PQA Annual Meeting and the PQA Leadership Summit, the scholar will gain access to the forums and networking opportunities as well as exposure to influential professionals in the quality and performance-based sectors. Additionally, scholars will be required to present a poster of their project or concept at the PQA Annual Meeting. Additional scholarship funds will be awarded to the top 3 projects identified during the poster session presentations at the Annual Meeting.
Inaugural PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars
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Eligibility – Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ACPE accredited PharmD program*, have a strong interest in enhancing their knowledge of the quality landscape and promoting quality-based practices, have a current minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
Mentors must be an employee or appointed representative on behalf of a PQA member organization. A mentor may only apply with one student.
Students interested in applying, but unable to identify a mentor should contact PQA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise, PQA members interested in serving as mentors should also contact PQA at email@example.com so they can be appropriately paired with a student.
*Any interested student is encouraged to apply, however, preference will be given to students enrolled at a PQA member organization.
Application – Student-mentor pairs will be required to submit the following materials through an online application platform:
Letter of intent
Mentor letter of support