A Ra Hwang, PharmD Candidate 2020
On Wednesday November 8, 2016, Dr. Marie Davies gave a lecture titled ““Research, abstracts/posters, and publications: The process and incorporating scholarly activities into clinical practice”. She talked about the different ways of research that could occur in the different fields of pharmacy. In a retail setting or outpatient care, research can be done on quality improvements in regards to medication adherence. In other settings such as ambulatory care research can be done on the effectiveness of pharmacists. Inpatient care can research on which drugs are better for which ethnic group and so on. First you need to get training, then identify what interests you and do research. You submit those papers to the IRB who looks through and approves or denies. This is important because patient information cannot be collected. Only age and their specific levels that is being researched. To me it was interesting to get a brief introduction to doing research. I thought it was more bench work and complicated but it seems that you can really do research in any setting. This lecture has piqued my interest in research and hope to find some opportunities.
Soufia Beshir, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Davies, the speaker of this seminar, went over a lot about research and was very informative. She spoke about research and went into detail about how you can begin working on research. This seminar was extremely helpful to us as students, especially since we are required to have a research project our fourth year. She explained that as a student, in order to begin, you have to identify your areas of interest. She mentioned that you need to care about what you are getting involved in so that you can get the best outcome and so that you never lose interest. Once you identify your interests, it is also important to seek out faculty or preceptors with similar interest so that they can guide you and help you throughout the process. I really benefitted from this seminar because it taught me the main points to consider and focus on when thinking about starting a research project.