Development of a pharmacy student research program at a large academic medical center
McLaughlin MM, Skoglund E, Bergman S, and Scheetz MH. Development of a pharmacy student research program at a large academic medical center Am J Health Syst Pharm 2015; 72(21):1885-1889.
American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
PURPOSE: A program to promote research by pharmacy students created through the collaboration of an academic medical center and a college of pharmacy is described.
SUMMARY: In 2009, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) expanded their existing partnership by establishing a program to increase opportunities for pharmacy students to conduct clinical-translational research. All professional year 1, 2, or 3 students at the college, as well as professional year 4 students on rotation at NMH, can participate in the program. Central to the program's infrastructure is the mentorship of student leads by faculty- and hospital-based pharmacists. The mentors oversee the student research projects and guide development of poster presentations; student leads mentor junior students and assist with orientation and training activities. Publication of research findings in the peer-reviewed literature is a key program goal. In the first four years after program implementation, participation in a summer research program grew nearly 10-fold (mainly among incoming professional year 2 or 3 students, and student poster presentations at national pharmacy meetings increased nearly 20-fold; the number of published research articles involving student authors increased from zero in 2009 to three in 2012 and two in 2013.
CONCLUSION: A collaborative program between an academic medical center and a college of pharmacy has enabled pharmacy students to conduct research at the medical center and has been associated with increases in the numbers of poster presentations and publications involving students.
Medical Subject Headings
Academic Medical Centers; Information Dissemination; Mentors; Pharmacists; Pharmacy; Pharmacy Service, Hospital; Program Development; Publishing; Research; Students, Pharmacy