Merissa Andersen PharmD, MPH

2020-2021 International Medication Safety Management Fellow supported by Baxter International, Inc.

Merissa received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University—Boston. Upon graduation from MCPHS University in 2019, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Merissa’s interest in medication and patient safety peaked in pharmacy school while researching pharmacists’ role in the opioid epidemic and publishing Assessing Pharmacists’ Readiness to Dispense Naloxone and Counsel on Responding to Opioid Overdoses. During residency Merissa executed a quality initiative to assess the appropriateness of The Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit (CAM-ICU) documentation and reduce delirium incidence in the ICU. Additionally, she piloted a Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey improvement initiative on patients’ medication knowledge, developed a hazardous medication assessment of risk tool for USP <800> compliance, performed several medication use evaluations, and served as adjunct faculty at MCPHS University—Boston. Throughout her fellowship, Merissa hopes to become a better pharmacist by further developing her understanding of safe medication practices worldwide and how to implement practice changes to make healthcare a safer place for every patient.

Merissa Andersen