Letter from the Board – February 2017

When reviewing award nominations each year, I am always impressed by the opportunities we are able to provide our pharmacy trainees in the area of research and scholarly activity in Southeastern Michigan. As the complexity of patient care continues to progress, pharmacists and trainees should continue to recognize and emphasize the importance of these activities. Research opportunities not only allow pharmacists to generate and disseminate new knowledge to improve patient care, but also encourage “thinking outside of the box” with regard to daily patient care activities.

What can you do to encourage scholarly activities at your site? Do you have a cool idea? Find a mentor to help you bring it full circle! Are the same pharmacists working on every resident research project at your site? Find a way to engage other members of your department in the process! Not sure how to start? Pick a scholarly journal and review the table of contents each month to see what sparks your interest!

There are lots of benefits to becoming involved in research! Research experiences allow clinicians to develop a strong foundation of knowledge a particular area. As a subject area expert, clinicians improve and develop critical thinking skills which are need to resolve complex patient care problems. Research allows for development of effective time management, and can also foster multidisciplinary collaboration.

On a personal note, I am appreciative of the numerous pharmacists who I encountered early in my career who sparked my interest in research and publication. We should continue to encourage pharmacists and trainees to participate in research, allowing us to increase the number of effective research mentors for the future.

Stephanie Edwin, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiac Intensive Care
Ascension | St. John Hospital and Medical Center