JEFFERY L. OLSON, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCACP, BCPS, (email@example.com) is a community care pharmacy director at Intermountain Healthcare with over 16 years of ambulatory care experience. In his current role, Dr. Olson leads system ambulatory care pharmacy operations, strategy, and growth efforts for the healthcare system. During his time at Intermountain, ambulatory care pharmacy services have expanded 10-fold across primary care and specialty clinics. He is also the PGY2 ambulatory care residency program director and holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Dr. Olson earned his Pharm.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Utah and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington. He is board certified in both ambulatory care and pharmacotherapy.
In addition to his work at Intermountain, Dr. Olson currently serves as a member of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (SACP) Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Clinical Practice Advancement. He recently served as the chair and vice chair of the SACP SAG on Compensation and Practice Sustainability. Dr. Olson is also an active contributor to local and national ASHP meetings. He is a frequent speaker on clinical and practice management topics at the Utah Society of Health System Pharmacists (USHP) meeting, ASHP Midyear, and ASHP Summer Meetings. Furthermore, Dr. Olson is an author of several ASHP Ambulatory Care Resource Center documents, ASHP Connect blog posts, and an AJHP publication. He was an invited guest on a recent ASHP podcast highlighting his efforts and expertise surrounding telehealth.
Ambulatory care practice has been my passion for nearly two decades and there is not a more exciting time than now to be an ambulatory care pharmacist! Opportunities abound for ambulatory care practitioners to fully establish themselves as essential members of the patient care team. With the evolving healthcare landscape, avenues for building sustainable practices, expanding scope of practice, and positively influencing patient outcomes are available. We must be prepared and motivated to seize the opportunities.
We must labor to meet the diverse practice needs and unique challenges encountered by ambulatory care practitioners. Working collaboratively, we will support varied member needs by continued development of timely and valuable education, quality resources, and coordinated advocacy efforts. Combining our shared knowledge and innovations within the section will elevate our practices individually and collectively. Further, unifying advocacy efforts across sections and professional organizations at the state and national level will strengthen the voice of ambulatory care practitioners and the profession.
Active participation within the section has influenced my professional development and the 10-fold growth we’ve seen in ambulatory care at my organization. SACP provides a wealth of tools and resources to support each member’s individual professional needs and offers opportunities to collaborate, share ideas, and advocate for the profession. I am honored by the nomination for executive committee chair and will work tirelessly to build upon the great success of current and former leaders of the section to meet your professional needs in an ever-changing healthcare environment.