JEFFERY L. OLSON, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCACP, BCPS (email@example.com), is a Community Care Pharmacy Director at Intermountain Healthcare. He has responsibility for ambulatory care pharmacy services for the integrated healthcare system. He is the PGY2 ambulatory care Residency Program Director and holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. 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 (now PeaceHealth Southwest) in Vancouver. Olson has led development and expansion of ambulatory care pharmacy clinical services across primary care and specialty clinics at Intermountain Healthcare. He is board certified in ambulatory care and pharmacotherapy.
Olson’s leadership in ASHP includes serving as Chair and Vice Chair of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners SAG on Compensation and Practice Sustainability. He has presented locally at Utah Society of Health-System Pharmacists (USHP) meetings, nationally at ASHP meetings, and is an author or contributor on several ASHP Ambulatory Care Resource Center documents and ASHP Connect posts.
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 position themselves as essential members of the patient care team. With the continued shift to outpatient medicine, avenues for building a sustainable practice, expanding our scope of practice, and positively influencing quality and financial outcomes for both patients and healthcare systems are available. We must be prepared and motivated to seize the opportunities!
While united as ambulatory care practitioners, members of our Section practice in diverse settings and experience unique challenges and opportunities. It is critical that we support members by providing valuable education, quality resources, and coordinated advocacy efforts to meet those varied needs. Combining our shared knowledge and innovations within the section will elevate our practices individually and collectively. Unifying advocacy efforts across sections and professional organizations at the local, state, and national level will strengthen the voice of ambulatory care practitioners and all pharmacists.
Active participation within the Section has influenced my professional development and the growth we’ve seen in ambulatory care at my organization. Our Section provides a wealth of tools and resources to support each member’s individual professional needs. Opportunities to collaborate, share ideas, and advocate for the profession prove to be vital. I am honored by the nomination for Director-at-Large and would work tirelessly for you to build upon the great success of current and former leaders of the Section.