Teaching Research Skills to Student Pharmacists in One Semester: An Applied Research Elective.
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
student research training
Objectives. To implement and assess the effectiveness of a 15-week applied research elective that introduced students to secondary database analysis in clinical pharmacy.
Design. In small groups, students learned, planned, developed and completed a secondary database study to answer an original research question. During one semester, they completed a basic research proposal and Institutional Review Board application, created and analyzed a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) sample dataset, and reported the results in an abstract and poster presentation.
Assessment. All deliverables resulted in high grades. Mean scores on a survey conducted following completion of the course revealed that students strongly agreed or agreed that they had high levels of confidence about performing research-related tasks. Eight student groups delivered poster presentations at professional conferences.
Conclusions. Within one semester, student pharmacists with no or little research experience completed original research projects that contributed to pharmacy practice knowledge. They felt highly confident doing research-related tasks, and successfully disseminated their studies beyond the classroom.
Perez Rivera, Alexandra; Rabionet, Silvia; and Bleidt, Barry, "Teaching Research Skills to Student Pharmacists in One Semester: An Applied Research Elective." (2017). HPD Articles. 395.
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