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|Course Name:||Pharmacy Benefit Management for the Public Sector|
|Coordinator(s):||Caroline Alper, M.D. Caroline.Alper@umassmed.edu|
|Department:||Commonwealth Medicine - Clinical Pharmacy Services|
|Sites Available:||University South Street Campus|
|Weeks Offered:||T8A, T9A, T9B, T10A, T11A, T11B|
|Number of Students / Month:||1|
|Prerequisites:||Completion of all 3rd Year Clerkships
* Offered to UMASS Students Only *
|Elective Description: A 2-week elective experience for 4th year medical students to develop a basic understanding of the process of pharmacy benefit management in the Massachusetts public health sector, and to begin to develop the necessary skills to review “place in therapy” for a new drug, by working with a Physician Advisor at Commonwealth Medicine (a division of UMass Medical School), Clinical Pharmacy Services.
Students will also begin to develop a basic understanding of the pharmaceutical industry as pertains to: new drug development, marketing/business practices, FDA-approval processes, and other implications to healthcare. In addition, students will begin to develop a basic understanding of the public and private healthcare systems, both locally and nationally.
Students will also have opportunities to work with pharmacy students and residents and pharmacists in a collaborative learning and work environment.
Grading: This is a CR/NCR elective.
Note: There is no direct patient care. The student will be supervised by the Physician Advisor. Directed reading with topic discussion is a significant component of this elective.
* Offered to Umass Students Only
Location: University Campus, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
|Website: Commonwealth Medicine: http://commed.umassmed.edu/services/pharmacy|