Hello New Practitioners,
On behalf of the ASHP New Practitioners Forum (NPF) Executive Committee, we hope your fall is off to a great start! As we move into October and the residency year is into full swing, many of you may be delving into various phases of your research initiatives. It’s quite common to feel overwhelmed with many working components; however, there are several ASHP NPF Research Resources to assist you through the process.
Within the ASHP Research Resource Center, you will find several applicable resources, including a sample research timeline, literature review webinars, and more. You will also find information on the ASHP Foundation Research Grant Opportunities, with approaching deadlines of October 15, 2020.
Furthermore, a recent ASHP publication entitled The Essential Guide to Pharmacy Residency Research, written by Yardlee S. Kauffman, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, CPH and Daniel M. Witt, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, is an excellent resource! This book walks readers though the progression of a research project, which can be especially helpful if you are looking for additional direction and guidance. It provides a “how-to” and assists readers to further understand research methodology. This includes a general overview of the research process, in addition to targeted recommendations on developing a research question, selecting study design, navigating submission to the Institutional Review Board, designing data collection tools, identifying appropriate statistical methodology, and presenting/publishing results.
As you are navigating the research process (and the residency year), remember to dedicate time to fully comprehend and prepare, utilize the resources available to you, seek assistance or guidance when needed, and trust the process. Your fellow new practitioner members are here to support you! Feel free to reach out to the NPF Executive Committee with additional ideas to better support your growth at NewPractitioners@ashp.org.
Ami Shah, Pharm.D., BCCCP
Member, New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee