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Experiential Rotation

PQA offers a competitive experiential rotation in non-profit management, with an emphasis on quality. The rotation will give students in their final year of an accredited PharmD program a unique perspective into the operations and activities of a national quality association, focusing on medication use issues which impact healthcare on a national level. 


The purpose of this rotation is to provide a unique learning experience in the field of pharmacy quality and association management. PQA is a consensus-based, multi-stakeholder group that develops quality metrics used across multiple healthcare settings.  Students will gain an understanding of the mission, objectives, and goals of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. The rotation will provide an opportunity to grow in awareness of the numerous quality-related opportunities that exist within the health care system. The student will be exposed to quality issues affecting pharmacy associations, academia, government, quality organizations, chain pharmacy corporations, pharmaceutical industry, health insurance plans, healthcare technology vendors, and more.


The program is to be completed during a four to six week rotation, with the option of completing an eight week (two month) rotation. The experiential rotation is available to pharmacy students who are completing their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.  As this rotation is considered an elective during the experiential program, the student should obtain permission from the experiential program staff.

Rotation student activities will vary depending on the current activities and priorities of the organization. The rotation student will work hand-in-hand with industry experts on projects impacting a variety of pharmacy practice settings. Students will actively contribute to key on-going PQA initiatives during their rotation time period, and participate in PQA measure development workgroups. PQAs strategic location, just outside of Washington DC, provides an opportunity for the student to engage in current healthcare events, and meet with pharmacists and health care professionals in the healthcare quality field. PQA will make every attempt to tailor the rotation to the student’s desired interests.

Application Process

Application – Student will be required to submit the following materials through an online application platform:
  • One page cover letter describing interest in the rotation, career goals, and how the rotation will facilitate achieving those goals
  • Most recent curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Letter of approval from school or college's experiential program staff expressing permission to complete PQA's elective rotation
Please note that a recommendation from a faculty member, dean, employer or pharmacy mentor must be sent by the recommender to APPErotation@pqaalliance.org for applications to be considered complete.

The online application form may be found at: https://pqaalliance.wufoo.com/forms/2018-2019-pqa-experiential-rotation/.  The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is December 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET

PQA staff will review all completed applications and may conduct phone interviews if needed.  All students will be notified of their status by mid-February.

Please note: Housing and transportation during the APPE rotation are the responsibility of the student.

Send inquiries:

Nicolette Mehas, PharmD
Executive Fellow
(703) 347-7963

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