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Perspectives of Pharmaceutical Science Faculty in Promoting Pharmacy Research in Doctoral Students

  • At: PPR 2022 (2022)
  • Type: Poster
  • By: INJETI, Elisha (Cedarville University School Of Pharmacy)
  • Co-author(s): Elisha Injeti, Associate Professor, Cedarville University School Of Pharmacy, United States
    Rocco Rotello, Associate Professor
    Timothy Veenstra, Associate Professor
  • Abstract:

    Doctoral pharmacy students at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy (SOP) are required to complete and present the results of a research project. To meet this requirement, the SOP provides a list of research projects developed by pharmaceutical science and practice faculty. During their first year, students select a project and work together with the faculty sponsor over the next two years. Over the past decade, we have trained students within eighteen pharmaceutical science research projects that incorporate basic science concepts that are relevant to pharmacy. These eighteen projects were classified into three categories:
    1.Investigating the physicochemical properties of drug formulations.
    2.Investigating the pharmacological properties of natural products or their interactions with drugs.
    3.Investigating the basic physiological changes in response to various factors.
    As part of a self-improvement effort, we reviewed the student’s preference for projects within these three categories to develop strategies to promote pharmacy practice research among doctoral students. Of the 65 students who selected a pharmaceutical science project, 16.7% signed up for category 1, 44.4% for category 2, and 38.9% for category 3. Of all these research projects, 39% of them were presented at different national conferences while 61% of them were presented at local conferences. Few students who are interested in pursuing careers in pharmaceutical industry were interested in pursuing projects related to drug formulation. Students who expressed interest in clinical pharmacy or advanced residency training chose projects related to pharmacological properties of natural products or the effect of various factors on physiology. Based on this data, we recommend that studies involving natural products are not only of considerable interest but also support efforts to challenge students to promote healthy living amongst patients and use medications only in appropriate circumstances. Similarly, by fostering student interest in basic physiological studies, pharmacy schools can advance their understanding of the effect of medications on their patients.

Last update 4 October 2019

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