Hello New Practitioners,
With the new residency year in full swing, many New Practitioners are just getting started on their first research projects or serving as mentors or advisors on research projects for the first time. Research can be an exciting, yet intimidating task for any pharmacist. Fortunately, ASHP offers a variety of resources which benefit residents and all New Practitioners, whether they are just getting started in research or are more experienced and looking to continue improving their skills.
Through ASHP’s newly remodeled website, a variety of tools and resources are available to assist New Practitioners through the Pharmacy Research Resource Center. There are a number of valuable tools here, including Research Resources from the ASHP Foundation and Essentials of Practice-Based Research for Pharmacists, a multipart webinar series which guides pharmacists through the entirety of a research project step-by-step. For residents specifically, the New Practitioners Forum has developed a Pharmacy Research Sample Timeline which provides both a checklist of items to consider and a proposed timetable to ensure timely project completion.
Research does not end just when a project is completed. Sharing your findings through presentations and publications is vital for advancing collective knowledge and an important skill set for pharmacists to develop. Fortunately, once again ASHP has a variety of tools available to guide you through the next steps. On the Pharmacy Research page you can find articles on Publishing your residency project and tips for a successful poster presentation. In addition, the ASHP Foundation offers several practice based research grants specifically available to New Practitioners.
As you progress through your career, the research skills and knowledge you develop as a New Practitioner will continue to benefit you, the pharmacy profession, and the patients we serve. I encourage you to review these resources and look forward to seeing the results of New Practitioner research for the upcoming year.
John D. Hill, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS
Vice Chair, ASHP New Practitioner Forum Executive Committee