Reflection #1: Christopher Nayer, PharmD Candidate 2021
This was a very valuable presentation for me, because I have a strong interest in pursuing science and research. I originally wanted to pursue a PharmD/PhD dual degree program, but I settled on earning a stand-alone pharmacy degree instead, for several reasons. When I was working in pharmaceutical industry, I felt held back by not having a doctoral degree. Because very few schools offer the PhD/PharmD, I was unsure if research experience would provide a practical advantage to my future career. I was unclear how I would be able to build a career as a medical scientist and not just as a pharmacist, and this presentation gave me an idea of how valuable the combination of science and clinical pharmacy could be for my career.
His presentation was good because it was not just a general overview; Dr. Chan describes specific ways to find research opportunities and to start the process. He discussed what important topics to discuss with a preceptor and how to plan expectations and goals prior to starting a research project. This seminar presentation gave me an idea of how to approach professors, what to expect from doing research as a pharmacy student, and what sorts of goals I can set for myself as a pharmacy student. Dr. Chan was very inspiring as well.
Reflection #2: Nhu Nguyen, PharmD Candidate 2021
I have a passion for research since I was undergraduate. Doing research improve my independence and problem-solving skills. Having a thought of doing research in pharmacy school since I first started at the program at WesternU, I am looking for a research field that I am interested in. I am more motivated to do research after attending Dr. Chan seminar since it will help me to have better chance to match the residency if I decide to pursue a residency. More interestingly, I have chance to present the poster at CSHP or ASHP conference annually. As a first year student, I need to start to look for the research field and principle investigator soon so I can start research during first year summer break. I had more than two years bench lab research on my undergraduate, but I did not have any experience in clinical research. So, having clinical research will help me in future if I work as a hospital staff pharmacist, ambulatory care pharmacist, inpatient clinical pharmacist, managed care pharmacist, or medical science liaison. Therefore, doing research has a lot of benefits.