Andrew’s StoryDr. Quach graduated from Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Sciences University College of Pharmacy, and completed his PGY-1 general pharmacy practice residency at the VA Portland Health Care System. Prior to receiving his professional education in pharmacy, Dr. Quach received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. He developed an interest in optimizing care at a population level specifically through the use of technology, as a result of his experiences as a social science major and as a PGY-1 resident at the Veterans Affairs. Dr. Quach is the current PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics resident at the University of Michigan Health System and is a member of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology Section Advisory Group on Clinical Information Systems
The University of Michigan Health System is an academic medical center comprised of 3 hospitals, 40 outpatient locations and more than 120 clinics. The health system serves patients across the southeast Michigan and northern Ohio area.
As a PGY-1 resident, Dr. Quach was involved with evaluating provider response to a pharmacist-driven antimicrobial stewardship program for inpatient Veterans. As a PGY-2, he will be exploring the efficacy of non-interruptive clinical decision support tools in guiding provider dosing of antimicrobials for pediatric inpatients.
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“It was beneficial for me to seek out opportunities to continue clinical practice and therefore experience information systems as both a developer and a user. I became enthusiastic about pharmacy informatics after seeing how technology could improve clinical practice, and I aim to maintain the perspective of a user as I learn to improve the technology that augments pharmacy practice.”
ASHP’s Value to Members
“ASHP is a valuable professional network and a national forum for health-system pharmacists to exchange ideas and advocate for the profession. ASHP was a valuable resource for me while I was researching post-graduate training opportunities in pharmacy informatics and technology. The organization and its members were crucial in helping me find a career where I could contribute my unique skills to the practice of pharmacy.”
“ASHP is where health system pharmacy’s vision, mission, and goals are consolidated into a single organization. The organization serves as a national forum for pharmacists to converse and exchange ideas for the improvement of patient care everywhere.”