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About the Pharmacy Residency Program: Projects

About the Program: Projects


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 results of this project will be presented at the Eastern States Residency Conference. A manuscript or poster suitable for publication should be prepared.

Timeline and Process

August: Selection of remainder of project committee. Selection is made by the resident and primary project advisor.
Prior to the August meeting of the Resident Preceptor Committee, with the help of the Project Advisor, the resident will be required to write a description of the project, including background information, objectives, possible methodology and potential problems.

  Selection of remainder of project committee. Selection is made by the resident and primary project advisor.
The committee should include a primary project advisor and at least two other preceptors. At least one clinical and one administrative preceptor should be on each committee. The resident will work with the project committee to develop the project.

September: Proposal submitted to residency director.
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. 

October: Presentation by the resident to the Residency Program Director of the final, written proposal of the project and timetable for completion.
The timetable will include specific time points for data collection, data analysis and presentation preparation. Approval from appropriate 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.

February: Abstract and registration for Eastern States Residency Conference due.

March: Formal presentation of the project to preceptors, residents, staff and students.

May: The resident presents the project at the Eastern States Residency Conference.

June 15: The resident submits a manuscript or poster to Residency Program Director.
The RPC and the Director of the Residency Program must approve the manuscript or poster.



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