Residents are required to complete a research project in a pharmacy related topic. The resident will have the opportunity to complete Institutional Review Board training and write and submit a research protocol to the IRB. The research project will entail several months of work with a manuscript completion at the end of the project. The resident will present the proposal for research at the Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacists and preliminary data at the ASHP Midyear meeting.
Each resident is required to complete one major project relating to a specific aspect of pharmacy practice. The project may be: original research, a problem-solving exercise, development or enhancement of pharmacy services. The resident must adhere to the approved timeline for research to insure ultimate success. Final research results will be presented at the Great Lakes Residency Conference.
Timeline and Process
Selection of project and research project advisors. The resident will be required to write a description of the project, including background information, objectives, possible methodology and potential problems for submission to the IRB.
Proposal submitted to residency director and IRB. A written proposal of the project with references should contain:
- Background: This includes the rationale for the project and pertinent background information. Literature citations supporting the hypothesis should be included.
- Objectives: A statement of the primary question(s) or goal(s) of the project should be included, along with secondary objectives.
- Methodology: The methods for completing the project should be specified. This includes trial design, population for area to be studied, data to be collected and how collection will occur.
- Data analysis: A description of methods for analyzing data, including statistical methods and end points, should be discussed.
- Critical analysis: Describe study weakness and/or obstacles for completion and how they will be addressed.
Presentation by the resident to the Residency Advisory Committee of the final, written proposal of the project and timetable for completion. Resident will also prepare slides for presentation at OCCP after final approval from Resident Advisory Committee. The timetable will include specific time points for data collection, data analysis and presentation preparation. Approval from institutional committees should be obtained prior to initiation of the project. If Investigational Review Board (IRB) review of the project is needed, two months for final approval should be allowed.
Abstract and registration for Great Lakes Residency Conference due.
Formal presentation of the project to preceptors, residents, staff and students.
The resident presents the project at Great Lakes Residency Conference.
The resident submits a manuscript or poster to Residency Program Director. The director of the residency program must approve the manuscript or poster.