Posted on: May 19, 2020
Students and alumni from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, along with students from other UofSC schools, took part in the Quality Improvement Education and Systems Training, also known as QUEST. The program provides the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration in experiential settings to promote quality improvement methods through education and practice, along with discussions with local leaders.
Students who are in their experiential years of pharmacy, medical and nursing schools join with students from public health and social work to develop a project, collect and analyze data, and present their findings at UofSC Discovery Day.
Christopher Goodman, M.D., clinical assistant professor of internal medicine from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia is lead organizer for the program, while Julie Ann Justo, Pharm.D., associate professor in the College of Pharmacy and infectious diseases pharmacy specialist, serves as a faculty advisor and mentor.
They join as learners and they may not realize they are truly helping our health care systems learn too.
Christopher Goodman, M.D. UofSC School of Medicine
“The program is intentionally interprofessional. We want the students interacting with different professions and learning together,” Goodman says. “They are really our secret ‘change agent.’ They join as learners and they may not realize they are truly helping our health care system learn too.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students presented their posters virtually this year. Eight teams presented on topics such as creating an inpatient addiction consult team to increasing screening rates for HIV and Hepatitis C.
Students from the College of Pharmacy included Clayton Rosenbaum, Caroline Sanders, Abigail Bouknight, and Jaiah Dash, all of whom graduated this year. Alumni taking part as mentors were Stephanie Shealy, 2018 Pharm.D., and Caroline Derrick, 2013 Pharm.D.