UHSP Places Fourth in National Research Competition

Published on 09 July 2021

P3 students Gabrielle Hahn, Emily Stock, B.S. ’20, and Parker Lindsey, advanced to the final round of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Research Challenge. The team placed fourth after competing against 82 teams and progressing through three rounds of competition.

“I am proud of this team and how hard they worked throughout the competition,” said Sara Richter, Pharm.D. ’12, associate professor of pharmacy practice and faculty advisor for the team. “Balancing the demands of the competition along with their coursework and extracurricular activities is remarkable. They have made the entire UHSP community proud.”

The annual competition demonstrates how research improves health outcomes for patients and advances the profession of clinical pharmacy.

“This competition served as a platform to build upon our classroom knowledge and expand our research skills, which will ultimately help us improve patient care for the future,” Lindsey said. “I have already used a lot of the research skills I gained through the competition during my summer research internship.”

During the final round, teams were tasked with developing a research proposal designed to demonstrate the value of clinical pharmacy services using telemedicine. The UHSP team submitted a proposal focused on providing telehealth services for patients using inhalers.

“Our goal for the proposal was to determine if pharmacists providing virtual inhaler education to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) reduced symptom flare-ups and rehospitalization,” Hahn said. “Readmission rates are poor for patients with COPD in America so we wanted to propose an idea that would allow pharmacists to step in and provide convenient virtual counseling while also improving the quality of life for these patients.”

As the team worked their way to becoming national finalists and award winners, they received encouragement and support from the University community.

While faculty are not permitted to assist with the design or drafting of competition submissions, students were permitted to solicit guidance from faculty to help them identify resources to better understand terms and the context associated with proposal development.

In addition to faculty advisor Richter, Sue Bollmeier, B.S. ’99, Pharm.D. ’00, professor of pharmacy practice, Scott Micek, Pharm.D., director of Center for Health Outcomes and Education, and Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, counseled and supported the team throughout the five-month competition.

“Drs. Richter, Seaton, Micek and Bollmeier, played an integral role in guiding us throughout the completion of the project and even taught us a lot beyond the scope of the challenge,” Stock said. “We would not have been able to place without their support.”

Through student and faculty research, the University continually works to grow opportunities for students to develop real-world skills and to enhance the classroom experience through leading-edge work.

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