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Each resident is required to complete one major project. The project is to be focused on evaluating and improving medication-use processes, with the overall goal being improved patient outcomes. The project may apply to specific medications, drug classes, disease states or conditions, parts of the medication-use system, policies and procedures, or outcome measures. The project process should consist of a multifaceted approach, involving the departments and medical service responsible for providing care, to implement change and improve the medication-use process.
Project Idea Generation
In May/June of each year, preceptors will be surveyed to generate a list of ideas for potential projects.
Project Idea Selection
An approved list of research ideas will be given to the new residents in July. However, they are also free to propose an idea of their own. The resident should speak with the project advisor regarding each idea they are interested in pursuing. These discussions will ultimately lead to the resident selecting a project.
Project Committee Selection
The resident shall work with their project advisor to choose a project committee. This committee is often multi-disciplinary.
The resident will be responsible for developing a formal project proposal, which will then be reviewed by the project advisor. The project proposal will generally have the following sections: objectives, background, methods, data analysis, benefit to the department/organization, references. Each resident is required to gain approval of the project proposal from their committee and the Pharmacy Resident Project Committee.
The proposal will be presented to their project committee at a preliminary project meeting. The meetings will occur in August and are to identify a broad overview of the goal(s) of the project, assess the likelihood of completing the project, and to identify any miscellaneous suggestions from the project committee.
In September/October, the resident makes a more formal presentation to the Pharmacy Resident Project Committee.
Project Results Presentation
The interim results of the project will be presented as a formal presentation to the Drug Use Surveillance Team (a standing Subcommittee of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee).
The final results of the project will be presented as a platform presentation, either at the Eastern States Residency Conference or another professional meeting. Practice sessions for project presentations will be scheduled at least 3 weeks before the conference.