This article was written by by Amy Kiskaddon, PGY2 Texas Children’s Hospital and Ferras Bashqoy, PharmD Candidate, University of Colorado
The PPAG Research Committee is focused on increasing collaborative research between members and providing opportunities for pharmacy students and residents through research contributions and presentations. Students and residents also have the unique opportunity to serve as committee members and contribute to advancing pediatric pharmacy research.
Ferras Bashqoy, a 2017 PharmD Candidate at the University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and Amy Kiskaddon, a PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident at Texas Children’s Hospital have served as members this year. They have had the unique opportunity to participate in regular conference calls, review scientific abstracts, and contribute to planning for the research section of the 2017 PPAG Annual Meeting. As a student, Ferras Bashqoy has enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the research process and participate in the research mentoring available for students who are interested in improving their research skills. Amy Kiskaddon has particularly appreciated being able to assist in planning the resident research presentations at the PPAG Annual Meeting, and contribution to reviewing and updating abstract submission guidelines.
Students and residents who choose to serve as committee members have the opportunity to review abstract submissions, which enables them to be exposed to various forms of scientific writing (original, research, case reports) and the scientific method. Participating in this process helps members develop a better understanding of what abstract reviewers evaluate when reviewing. Participation in reviewing resident presentations at the PPAG Annual Meeting enables students and residents helps one learn about the types of projects available and can assist in guiding students towards finding a residency program suited to their research interests.
Serving on the PPAG Research Committee as a pharmacy student or resident is a beneficial experience, and provides the opportunity for one to gain insight into the research process and further develop skills with regards to pediatric pharmacy research. To learn more about how to become involved in the PPAG Research Committee, please contact Chad Knoderer (firstname.lastname@example.org).