CEDARVILLE — Three students from Cedarville University’s Student College of Clinical Pharmacy chapter advanced to the final round of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Challenge.
The Cedarville team placed among the top 20 pharmacy schools in the nation.
CU’s team consists of Micah Bernard, a second-year professional pharmacy student from Houston; Sarah Berman, a first-year professional pharmacy student and SCCP president-elect from Mooresville, Ind.; and Megan Lawrence, a first-year professional pharmacy student from Kalamazoo, Mich.
The challenge, a three-round venture, began Feb. 6 and will conclude Friday, April 14. In the championship round, teams will develop and submit a complete research proposal they proposed in the second round. The top four scores will be announced Monday, June 5, but placing in the top three would provide Cedarville’s team the opportunity to present their research during a poster presentation at the 2017 ACCP Annual Meeting in October in Phoenix.
During the second round, teams submitted a letter of intent for a research proposal that evaluated the value of transitions of care, or how health care providers transition patients from one level of health care need to another. The initial round consisted of answering questions on a recently published document about drug literature.
“Cedarville pharmacy students have an advantage over other pharmacy schools because we are required to take a research course as part of our curriculum,” Bernard said. “The university has taught us how to conduct and evaluate whether research has been done well.”
Lawrence echoes the investment the university and its professors put into students.
“Our classes and professors have given us confidence in our research skills,” she said. “They’re good at providing us with feedback and resources to help direct our thoughts in the challenge.”
SCCP is a new student organization focusing on clinical pharmacy that empowers pharmacists to provide direct care to patients. SCCP provides networking opportunities and develops students as health care professionals.
“All three of us are passionate about clinical pharmacy and want to be able to impact our patients,” Berman said. “Through this challenge, we are better able to develop and discern the type of medical research that can provide the best patient care.”
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