Fuel for Tomorrow’s Educational Opportunities

It is often said that teachers learn as much from their students as do the students from their teachers...

It is often said that teachers learn as much from their students as do the students from their teachers. This has truly resonated with the staff at Purdue’s College of Pharmacy Center for Medication Safety Advancement (CMSA) this past year.

Providing education on safe medication use practices has been a cornerstone of the CMSA mission since inception. And the training of our next generation of safe medication use experts remains a top priority at CMSA.

Our Medication Safety Fellowship program is entering its fifth year in 2016 with past graduates spread across the country in a diverse batch of practice settings from health systems to industry. We also continue to aid the College of Pharmacy in developing and refining a core course in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum on medication safety.

Certainly fellow professionals and students continue to propel our program, but data also has an exciting and significant impact on our medication safety educational advancements. Last year, CMSA launched the SafeRx large dataset tool and continues to watch it grow in size and utility. We continue to utilize large volumes of data on adverse drug events as well as internally reported data to form predictive models of where future events may occur.

Finally, the most important contributors to our education program remain our partners. Without the inquisitive nature of each person who reaches out to us or the unique perspective they bring to medication safety, we would not be in the excellent position that we are in to continue our pace of new discovery. These discoveries that we make today provide the fuel for tomorrow’s educational opportunities.

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