Professor Katie Tellor and Team Win Best Poster Award

Published on 14 November 2017

Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, along with coauthors Abigail Yancey, B.S. ’02, Pharm.D. ’03, FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Steffany Nguygen, Pharm.D. ’17, Amanda Bultas, Pharm.D. ’17, and P4 student Nicholas Greenwald received the 2017 Virtual Poster Symposium Best Poster Award for their abstract and presentation “Evaluation of Warfarin Requirements in Hospitalized, Obese Patients Admitted with a Therapeutic INR.”

“Warfarin can be a challenging medication to manage,” Tellor explained. “There are a lot of drug, food and disease state interactions that can impact the dosing requirements needed for a patient to be appropriately anticoagulated. Some, albeit limited, research suggests that as a patient’s weight increases, so does their warfarin requirements. We examined the relationship between body mass index and the amount of warfarin needed to maintain therapeutic levels.”

Tellor and her team were one of 230 abstracts presented at the symposium. Poster finalists were required to give a five- to eight-minute Skype presentation as well as participate in a seven- to ten-minute question and answer session with judges. Winners were invited to present their research at the 2017 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting held Oct. 7-10, 2017 in Phoenix.

“Abby, Anastasia and I try to get students involved in research at our practice sites as much as possible,” Tellor said. “Steffany, Mandy (Amanda) and Cole (Nicholas) all played a huge role in data collection. They also helped write the abstract and construct the poster. Participating in a research project is a valuable experience for our students.”

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