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Susan Skledar is the Director of Experiential Learning at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, precepting students and lecturing in the Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum. She has been a faculty member since 1992. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy and Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh (PITT). She is a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She has received PITT/UPMC Residency Preceptor of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and Faculty Preceptor of the Year from PittPharmacy in 2016.
From 2013-16, Ms. Skledar was a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in formulary management and drug use policy at the UPMC health system, and had responsibility for health system drug use policy, medication formulary management, and clinical practice guideline development for UPMC's 15-member hospitals. She was Director for the UPMC Presbyterian Drug Use and Disease State Management Program from 1996-2012.
Medication use policy, evidence-based practice guideline development, medication safety, pharmacy’s role in national core quality measures, and implementing technology, such as “smart” infusion pumps, are part the work she has led at the UPMC. She led collaborative efforts across UPMC’s 15-member hospitals to implement clinical programs and initiatives.
Ms. Skledar has received national recognition for design and application of continuous quality improvement principles to clinical pharmacy programs to promote safe medication practices, including those from American Pharmaceutical Association, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Hospital and Health-System Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the National Association of Healthcare Quality. She has received local recognition for performance improvement at the UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside President's Performance Improvement Quality Fair.
Ms. Skledar has authored over 85 publications in peer-reviewed journals, case books, and book chapters in her specialty area.
Prior to her work in formulary management, Ms. Skledar spent over seven years in hospital pharmacy management, designing and implementing decentralized and satellite pharmacy services, both operational and clinical programs for critical care and anesthesiology/operating room; investigational drug pharmacy services, and drug information services.
Areas of research are process and outcome impact of evidence-based protocols in institutional practice, and the factors affecting successful change of physician prescribing practices.