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By Laura Hencken, Pharm.D., BCCP, clinical pharmacist, Henry Ford Hospital

In 2018, the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Board of Directors charged the Residency Committee to develop dashboard content for the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) website that could be used to measure the quality of Michigan residency programs and to promote Michigan residency training programs. The Residency Committee consists of residency program directors, preceptors and residents. The committee identified quality metrics, collected data from Michigan residency programs, and shared the data. The metrics described residency program graduates and current preceptors. Aggregate, statewide data from participating programs was displayed on a poster at the MSHP Annual Meeting and posted on the MPA website with a list of the participating residency programs. This was used to promote residency training in Michigan. Additionally, individual data along with statewide aggregate markers were sent to each participating residency program to facilitate quality improvement at individual programs. A several year plan was developed to allow for continued improvement and expansion of the Michigan residency program data.

In 2019, the Residency Committee was charged to update and revise dashboard content for the MPA website to measure the quality of Michigan residency programs, to promote Michigan Residency training and to facilitate quality improvement. The Committee decided to use the same metrics as the previous year to describe residency program graduates and current preceptors. However, the Committee also developed new metrics to describe the training opportunities at Michigan residency programs. The new metrics included PGY2 residency programs, code blue response, documentation in the electronic medical record, emergency department pharmacy services and various dosing services. Data was again collected from voluntarily participating PGY1 pharmacy residency programs across Michigan. Seventeen out of 24 (71 percent) of PGY1 programs responded. Participating programs included:

  • Ascension Borgess
  • Ascension St. John
  • Ascension Genesys Hospital
  • Beaumont Hospital Dearborn
  • Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak
  • Bronson Battle Creek Hospital
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Henry Ford Macomb
  • McLaren Oakland
  • Mercy Health Saint Mary’s
  • Michigan Medicine
  • Munson Medical Center
  • Saginaw VAMC
  • Sparrow Hospital
  • Spectrum Health

The 2019 aggregate data was updated on the MPA website and can be found by clicking here and navigating under Michigan PGY1 pharmacy residency program site and outcome data.

Michigan residency program directors who participated this year have received emails with their programs’ individual data as well as statewide aggregate markers for 2018 and 2019 of participating programs. A breakdown of the data by hospital size (greater than 500 beds and less than 500 beds) was included as well. This data can be used to help facilitate internal quality improvement at residency programs. Residency program directors are encouraged to share information about the data with the program preceptors to identify areas of strengths and areas for improvement. The data can also be used to promote the benefit and quality residency training experience in Michigan to pharmacy students seeking residency program training.

The Committee hopes to continue to improve and expand Michigan residency program data. Potential future directions include the addition of PGY2 program data and increased distribution of data across the country. 

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