Each resident is required to complete one medication use evaluation (MUE) project.  The project is to be focused on evaluating and improving medication-use processes, with the overall goal being improved patient outcomes.  The project may apply to specific medications, drug classes, disease states or conditions, parts of the medication-use system, policies and procedures, or outcome measures.  The project process should consist of a multifaceted approach, involving the departments and medical service responsible for providing care, to implement change and improve the medication-use process.

Project Idea Generation

In May/June of each year, preceptors will be surveyed to generate a list of ideas for potential MUE projects.

Project Idea Selection

Proposed MUE projects must align with the ASHP definition of an MUE, and must support the strategic plan of the Department of Pharmacy. Members of the Department review and approve all MUEs prior to the resident initiating work on the project. A list of approved projects will be distributed to residents.  Residents should speak with potential project advisors about ideas they are interested in prior to selecting a project. If the resident would like to select a project that is not on the approved project list, residents may work with preceptors to submit additional project ideas. These projects ideas will need to be reviewed and approved prior to the resident selecting this project as their MUE.

MUE Committee Selection

The resident shall work with their project advisor to choose a project committee.  This committee is often multi-disciplinary. If the MUE includes multiple sites within JHHS, the project committee should include representation from each site that is included in the MUE.

Project Proposal

The resident will be responsible for developing a formal project proposal, which will then be reviewed by the project advisor. The project proposal will generally have the following sections:  objectives, background, methods, data analysis, benefit to the department/organization, references.  Each resident is required to gain approval of the project proposal from their committee and the Pharmacy Resident Project Committee.

The proposal will be reviewed and presented to the MUE project committee during July – August. These meetings should serve to provide a broad overview of the goal(s) of the project, assess the likelihood of completing the project, and to identify any miscellaneous suggestions from the project committee.

In August - September, the resident makes a more formal presentation to the Pharmacy Resident Project Committee.

The final results of the project will be presented as a platform or poster presentation, either at the Eastern States Residency Conference or another professional meeting.  Practice sessions for project presentations will be scheduled prior to the conference.