The Duncan Neuhauser Award for curriculum Innovation is presented annually at the Academy for Healthcare Improvement meeting. The award recognizes education providers that show innovation and improvement in advancing skills in health care. Duncan B. Neuhauser, PhD, a Senior Editor with the Quality Management in Health Care journal is a Professor of Health Services Research and the Charles Elton Blanchard Professor of Health Management at Case Western Reserve University. Dr Neuhauser has devoted his working life to the science of the improvement of health care and has served as a pioneer in the development of curriculum to promote health care improvement. The 2015 first place recipient was Educating Pharmacists in Quality (EPIQ) developed by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. EPIQ was developed as a quality improvement education resource for use by pharmacy faculty and other professionals to teach students pharmacists, pharmacists, and other stakeholders about measuring, reporting, and improving quality in pharmacy practice. EPIQ has been integrated into more than 20 doctor of pharmacy curricula and has been used as part of employee training programs. Students and faculty members who have used the program have indicated via surveys that the program has a positive impact on awareness and knowledge of quality improvement in pharmacy.
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona, Tucson (Dr Warholak); Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Hincapie); St. John's University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Queens, New York (Dr Arya); New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Dr Arya); Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (Dr Holdford); Pharmacy Quality Alliance, West Springfield, Virginia (Drs Stolpe and Fish); and Department of Pharmacy Administration, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, University (Dr West-Strum).
Correspondence: Ana L. Hincapie, PhD, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati, 325 Eden Ave, HPB 136K, PO Box 670004, Cincinnati, OH 45267 (Ana.Hincapie@uc.edu).
Funding for EPIQ development was provided through unrestricted educational grants from Abbvie, Merck, and the Community Pharmacy Foundation.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.