Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, BC-ADM, has been selected to participate with five other pharmacists in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation Research Boot Camp, a research skills development program composed of distance education, experiential, and research conduct components. Dr. D'Souza is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL where she also graduated from the College of Pharmacy.
The Research Boot Camp was created to foster the development of pharmacists' practice-based research skills; to drive the advancement of translational research by providing clinicians with the expertise, tools, and support to start a practice-based research program; and to enhance safe and effective medication use by promoting evidence-based decision making for individual patients and populations of patients.
"I am very excited and honored to be accepted into the boot camp," said Dr. D'Souza. "Clinical and educational research has always been a goal of mine, but the focus of the past nine years has been primarily on teaching, service to the university, and clinical responsibilities. I am interested in developing my research ideas into well-thought out projects. I am grateful for this opportunity to sharpen my skills in order to develop a sound methodology on how to answer practice-based research questions."
During the boot camp, participants will develop a research idea into a well-structured research plan to be executed following completion of robust distance and experiential education components. The boot camp's experiential portion gives the participants an opportunity to meet with three seasoned pharmacist investigators to discuss their planned research studies in depth