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Through ongoing research and collaborative work, the center aims to educate students, pharmacists, and other stakeholders on how to integrate medication optimization into value based care delivery and payment models.

The center is currently advancing education through the following efforts:

  • Creating student leaders and advocates to advance healthcare delivery models through informal learning opportunities.
  • Integrating the evolving healthcare environment as a component of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy curriculum.
  • Training and educating pharmacists to assist in implementing innovative health care models.
  • Providing support and coaching for service implementation and practice transformation.
  • Developing practical tools and webinars to assist clinical faculty, students, and practitioners with incorporating best practices into real world health care settings.

Educational Stats:

  • Over 25 Current and Past CMO Scholars (engaging learners from high school to post-graduate)
  • 4 Poster Presentations
  • 3 Manuscripts Accepted
  • 5 Awards or Honors
  • All undergraduate CMO interns have been accepted into their pharmacy programs of choice

CMO Educational Programming at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

  • PHCY 609: US Health Care System
    • Course Director: Jon Easter
    • Offered: Fall PY2 – PharmD core curriculum
    • Course Description: This course is designed for students to develop an understanding of the U.S. healthcare system from a financing, access, quality and care delivery perspective. This course will explain much of the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind healthcare reform, relative to new payment systems, care delivery models and access for the uninsured.  Specifically, the course will foster critical thinking through the exploration of key policy drivers (e.g., impact of healthcare on the economy, aging population), the resulting legislation (e.g., Affordable Care Act, Medicare Part D), as well as the ‘the action plan for change’ via the regulatory process, which ultimately dictates pharmacy practice and patient care.
  • PHCY 840: Health Policy and Managed Care
    • Course Directors: Carrie Blanchard and Ben Urick
    • Offered: Spring – elective offering
    • Course Description: This course is designed to expand students’ understanding of health policy and managed care from system-level and payer perspectives, with an emphasis on the intersection of these broad topics and the profession of pharmacy. The precursor, US Healthcare Systems, lays a foundation for basic understanding of the healthcare environment and the evolving role of the pharmacist. This course builds upon this content through in-depth exploration of relationships between health policy actors, the role of managed care in controlling costs, and the drive towards value. As a result of this course, students will be well-prepared to enter careers in pharmacy for which knowledge of health policy and managed care is essential. These includes professional advocacy, regulatory affairs, market access, and managed care.
  • Research and Scholarship in Pharmacy (RASP)
    • Research faculty have served as mentors for students every semester RASP has been offered. Reach out to CMO faculty if you are interested in doing a RASP project around medication optimization or practice transformation.
  • CMO Student Roundtables
    • The CMO Student Roundtable is an informal gathering of students, faculty and practice/industry leaders who convene monthly during the semester to engage in discussion around medication optimization interventions, new care delivery and payment models, and health policy. To get involved, please email Tashani Gaskins at to be added to the listserv.
  • Other training opportunities with CMO Faculty:
    • Teaching & Learning Certificate Program
    • Resident Research Project Faculty Advisor
    • Young Innovators Program

Federal Work Study Program