Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy Student Research Program

Student Program Statistics

As of October 2022, we have trained 51 pharmacy students:

15 manuscripts

3 student as primary author and 12 students as co-authors

71 posters

students have co-authored 71 poster presentations (28 as primary presenter)

Programming

Programming for VSPRP includes an orientation and five didactic research meetings to help enrich student knowledge and experience with the research process. Didactic meeting topics include literature searching, data collection, abstract development, poster development, and manuscript writing. The VSPRP aims to have each of its students present their work at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
 

Expectations

  • Students will commit at least 5 hours/week towards research assignments (time commitment will be discussed on an individual basis and is flexible for the students' schedule).

  • Students will attend and actively participate in didactic training sessions

  • Students will meet with their assigned mentors by phone or in person at least once every two weeks.

  • Students should respond to all email and telephone communications within at least 48 hours regarding research activities.

  • Deadlines will be project-specific and agreed upon by the student and mentor. Failure to meet a pre-specified deadline will be discussed with the student researcher by the mentor. Multiple failures may result in dismissal from the program.

  • Students will complete IRB and CITI training and adhere to all HIPAA-compliant practices endorsed by VUMC.

Program Feedback

  • “Being able to work on project from conception through data collection has been a great and eye-opening experience. Also, learning how to create and modify a survey in REDCap and submitting for IRB approval were all new experiences for me and I learned a great deal from both experiences”
  • “All the didactic sessions I was able to attend were very helpful. The content provided great instruction/steps for both poster and abstract development. These are skills that I will now think of consciously when I am writing and developing presentations and future posters.”
  • “My mentors were excellent. They ensured that I was on the right track with data collection and provided excellent feedback with both the abstract and poster. They were incredibly friendly and easy to work with. They expressed expectations clearly and was always extremely helpful when I was unsure of which steps to take next and when I had questions.”

 

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Students in Our Program

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Karen Le

Karen attends Belmont University College of Pharmacy and is in the class of 2023. She is working with VIP pharmacists Tate Davis and Matt Wallace on a study that is assessing the impact pharmacist-led benefits investigation and clinical review have on appropriate inhaler prescribing and time to hospital readmission or ED visit.

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Gabrielle Jones

Gabrielle attends Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and is in the class of 2024. She is working with VSP Outcomes Research Pharmacist Kristen Whelcel on a study describing VSP's integrated health-system specialty pharmacy's efforts to reduce medication waste for patients prescribed oral oncolytic medication.

 

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Paige Barnes

Paige attends Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and is in the class of 2023. She is working with VSP Clinical Pharmacist Kayla Johnson on a study evaluating adherence and persistence to Epidiolex in the first year of treatment. 

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Carsyn Snagg

Carsyn attends Belmont University College of Pharmacy and is in the class of 2024. She is working with VSP Clinical Pharmacist Monica Littlejohn on a study looking to identify disparities within a moderate to severe asthma population to improve clinical and economic outcomes.

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Kayla Dodson

Kayla attends UTHSC College of Pharmacy and is in the class of 2024. She is working with VSP Clinical Pharmacists Kayla Johnson and Sabrina Livezey on a study assessing if patients prescribed deutrabenazine at doses greater than 48 mg per day, is treatment safe and effective.

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Mackenzie Ellis

Mackenzie attends Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and is in the class of 2024. She is working with VSP Clinical Pharmacist Matt Bowles on a study evaluating the treatment requirements, and patient journey for patients who are referred to Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy to initiate a specialty medication for atopic dermatitis or psoriasis.

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Rachael Baggett

Rachael attends UTHSC College of Pharmacy and is in the class of 2024. She is working with VSP Outcomes' Research and Engagement Pharmacist Chelsea Renfro on a study describing the coordination of care process and patient journey for patients receiving subcutaneous maintenance doses of ustekinumab.

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Hannah Holloway

Hannah attends UTHSC College of Pharmacy and is in the class of 2024. She is working with VSP Program Director of Complex Projects Houston Wyatt on a study evaluating real word findings of usage and tolerance of CLL specialty medications at an academic medical institution.

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Nadia Aldahiri

Nadia attends Belmont University and is in the class of 2024. She is working with VSP Outcomes' Research and Engagement Pharmacist Chelsea Renfro on a study describing the coordination of care process and patient journey for patients receiving subcutaneous maintenance doses of ustekinumab.

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Terra Redd

Terra attends Lipscomb University and is in the class of 2024. She is working with VSP Outcomes' Project Manager Katie Hosteng on a study that quantifies the impact of the integrated specialty pharmacy model, payer restrictions, and patient and medication-related factors to better understand what factors improve the speed to growth hormone approval and initiation of therapy.

Contact Information

For more information on the VSP Student Research Program, please contact Matt Brown using the email link below