Defining and implementing a model for pharmacy resident research projects

  • Travis B. Dick
  • Krystal L. Moorman
  • Elyse A. MacDonald
  • Alissa A. Raines
  • Kathryn D. Mathews Cox
Keywords: Pharmacy Residencies, Research, Education, Pharmacy, Graduate, Specialization, United States


Objective: To describe a standard approach to provide a support structure for pharmacy resident research that emphasizes self-identification of a residency research project.

Methods: A subcommittee of the residency advisory committee was formed at our institution. The committee was initially comprised of 2 clinical pharmacy specialists, 1 drug information pharmacist, and 2 pharmacy administrators. The committee developed research guidelines that are distributed to residents prior to the residency start that detail the research process, important deadlines, and available resources. Instructions for institutional review board (IRB) training and deadlines for various assignments and presentations throughout the residency year are clearly defined. Residents conceive their own research project and emphasis is placed on completing assignments early in the residency year.

Results: In the 4 years this research process has been in place, 15 of 16 (94%) residents successfully identified their own research question. All 15 residents submitted a complete research protocol to the IRB by the August deadline. Four residents have presented the results of their research at multi-disciplinary national professional meetings and 1 has published a manuscript. Feedback from outgoing residents has been positive overall and their perceptions of their research projects and the process are positive.

Conclusion: Pharmacy residents selecting their own research projects for their residency year is a feasible alternative to assigning or providing lists of research projects from which to select a project.


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Author Biographies

Travis B. Dick

Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Solid Organ Transplant

Coordinator, Intermountain Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Krystal L. Moorman
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacotherapy
Elyse A. MacDonald
Drug Information Specialist
Alissa A. Raines
Hospital Pharmacy Operations Manager
Kathryn D. Mathews Cox
Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist


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Dick TB, Moorman KL, MacDonald EA, Raines AA, Mathews Cox KD. Defining and implementing a model for pharmacy resident research projects. Pharm Pract (Granada) [Internet]. 2015Aug.19 [cited 2021Jun.15];13(3). Available from:
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