A survey of post-graduate pharmacy residency graduates involved in a team-based research programme: Involvement and confidence in research and scholarship activities
Keywords:Pharmacy residency, Publication rate, Research, Team-based research programme
Background: The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy (OUCOP) team-based residency research programme was established in 2011 and includes a skill development programme and an individualised research committee. The purpose was to assess the impact of the OUCOP team-based residency research programme on research and scholarship after graduation.
Methods: Seventy-three residency graduates were issued a 26-item questionnaire to assess their involvement in research and scholarship, employment, and confidence in research and scholarship statements. Descriptive statistics were employed.
Results: Forty-four (60.3%) graduates responded, with 24 (54.5%) having published at least one residency project. After graduation, 31 (70.5%) participated as an investigator on more than one research project, and 36 (81.8%) published more than one subsequent publication. Twenty (45.5%) respondents were required to precept students and residents on research, but the majority (n=29; 65.9%) mentored a student or resident on more than one research project. Half of the respondents expressed a “very high degree” or “high degree” of confidence in serving as an investigator or mentor of a student/resident on a research project.
Conclusion: Although not required for their position, half of the former residents were involved in research and scholarship after graduation. The OUCOP team-based research programme aids in the skill development of research and scholarship and confidence in mentoring trainees in research and scholarship.
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