Research Project

While we anticipate that the Resident will be included in many projects throughout the year, the Resident is required to be primarily responsible for at least one major project. The goal of this assignment is to gain experience in various aspects of research methodology. The objectives of the major project include defining a research idea, protocol development, submission to the Institutional Review Board, data collection, data analysis and presentation/publication of results. These five objectives can be accomplished within one project, or from various projects throughout the year. The Resident is required to present their project at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference which occurs at the end of April each year. Examples of past Resident projects include:

  • Sedation Protocol for Medical Imaging Procedures in Pediatric Patients
  • Evaluation of dinoprostone vaginal insert and extemporaneously compounded PGE2 gel for cervical ripening
  • Assessing the impact of transferring responsibility of aminoglycoside monitoring from a pharmacokinetics consult team to all staff pharmacists
  • Design and implementation of a teaching certificate program for pharmacy residents
  • Ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin,gatifloxacin, and moxifloxacin activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa at various inocula using E-test method
  • Evaluation of enoxaparin associated retroperitoneal, abdominal, and pelvic hematomas
  • Evaluation of hyperlipidemia and LDL goal attainment in a cardiology clinic
  • Impact and Implementation of a Postsurgical Blood Glucose Control Team
  • Development of an Orthopedic Perioperative Anticoagulation Management Service to Achieve the Proposed JCAHO National Patient Safety Goal
  • Implementation of Computer-Based Renal Dosing Guidelines at the Point of Order Entry
  • Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis assessment using automated tools
  • Impact of Daily Pharmacist-Directed Evaluation of Continuous Sedation in the Intensive Care Unit
  • The impact of genetic testing on the outcome of warfarin therapy in patients who are receiving antiplatelet medications
  • Procalcitonin as a Laboratory Marker of Response to Antibiotic Therapy; a Prospective Observational Study of the Correlation between Procalcitonin Levels and Clinical Improvement
  • Treatment of Acute Agitation in the Emergency Department
  • Relation of patent ductus arteriosus closure to change in urine output in preterm and term neonates treated with indomethacin
  • Relationships of phenotypic resistance expression in Gram negative bacteria