Currently a 4th year pharmacy student I did a month long rotation with a Willow team pharmacist at a local health system and really enjoyed it.
I also work as a pharmacy intern at a Hospital that uses Epic. I know you have to be sponsored by your employer to get Epic certification/training, my question is the possibility of a “Logistical loophole” is you will.
Hypothetically could I approach my employer and ask them to “sponsor” me to get Willow training, and I actually pay for it (if the cost is somewhat reasonable ~500). No idea of the legal implication, but was not sure if Epic limits the number of people who can receive the training for each health system.
Unfortunately, Epic is a closed and tight system. As far as I know, there are no such loopholes as what you described. Individuals can never pay out of pocket (as of the time of writing this) for their own certification.
Also, I don’t know the actual numbers when it comes to the cost of training as it is always “sold” as a package deal with more than just the initial certification (there is direct support from an assigned Epic project manager, your own technical support person, etc., post-certification training, access to the Epic online training and education portal, the internal Epic Willow pharmacists forum, a project sandbox, and so much more), but I can tell you this, $500 is nowhere near what the actual cost of Epic Willow certification is, not by a very long shot.
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news for you.