2024 PQA Healthcare Quality IQ (HQIQ)

A Student Program for Getting Smart on Medication Use Quality
The PQA Healthcare Quality IQ (HQIQ) program teaches pharmacy students the basics of quality measurement and strategies to improve medication safety, adherence and appropriate use through Medication Use Quality (MUQ), a nationally accredited continuing education and certificate program. Sponsored by Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS), HQIQ provides students with more than 20 hours of specialized learning opportunities in quality. 

Students selected to participate in HQIQ through a self-nomination process receive scholarships to attend the 2024 PQA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md., May 14-16, which includes on Day 1 a special four-hour MUQ training event, where they will learn alongside medication use quality professionals. In addition to this special training, the meeting is an ideal setting for learning about top issues and emerging trends in medication quality, measure development and implementation, care transformation and technology. 

Following the meeting, students will independently complete the Medication Use Quality program, an additional 11 hours of training. A final live, online workshop will train students on how to construct a quality improvement proposal to improve medication use quality based on the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) problem-solving model.

Students that develop and submit a quality improvement proposal following the live session will receive a certificate noting their successful completion of the HQIQ program. The students’ experience and feedback with this exercise will help PQA develop future education content on quality improvement. Students that complete the program will receive complementary access to this module once it is published.

HQIQ is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed their second year of study in a pharmacy or other health care degree program. To learn more information about the scholarship benefits, email [email protected].

2024 PQA Health Quality IQ (HQIQ) Timeline
Timeline (2024) Task
February Students apply to participate in HQIQ
March  PQA selects participants and awards PQA Annual Meeting scholarships 
April PQA Annual Meeting Virtual Information Session
May 14-16 Students participate in MUQ Live and the PQA Annual Meeting
May 17-July 16 Students complete the MUQ program
July PQA hosts live discussion sessions
July- August  Students submit quality improvement proposals 
September Selected students will present their QI presentations to PQA Education Advisory Council and staff 
October and November Students who complete the HQIQ program receive certificates and are recognized in PQA communications and at the PQA Leadership Summit. 


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