Preceptor Highlight: Jonathan Ogurchak

Jonathan OgurchakIn the spring of 2020, alum Jonathan Ogurchak (P'09) established a virtual advanced pharmacy practice rotation within his organization, STACK, focused on specialty pharmacy and technology/entrepreneurship domains. With the virtual delivery model serving as a new and novel approach to delivering the APPE experience, Dr. Ogurchak sought to identify ways to engage participating student pharmacists in mutually beneficial ways - developing new processes and product enhancements; participating in engaging topic discussions; and allowing students to "choose their own adventure" as it related to areas of interest they would like to pursue both now and post-graduation.

It became apparent that some of the excellent work that was being researched by students could help serve a broader audience across the community, home infusion, and specialty pharmacy industries. Dr. Ogurchak worked to establish relationships with industry publications, such as Pharmacy Times, Specialty Pharmacy Times, Drug Topics, and Managed Healthcare Executive to develop an outlet to share the research and well-crafted written work that students were drafting as a result of rotation requirements. This would then provide students the opportunity to learn more about the writing, editing, and publication process, and give them an opportunity to bolster their CV with an authored article. To-date, over 30 STACK-student articles have been published since the rotation was established in the spring of 2020, helping to add to a body of work that's necessary to grow the profession.

Dr. Ogurchak's virtual rotation format has now expanded into affiliation agreements with 15 schools of pharmacy, helping to enable interprofessional learning between Duquesne students and others across the country.

We talked with Dr. Ogurchak about how to support students with publication opportunities within the APPE experience, to find out more about how your sites can get involved in the process:

What types of articles have been reviewed and accepted?
There have been numerous topics - things that are timely such as COVID treatment and vaccination guidance; others that focus on disease state and therapeutic overviews; as well as some that touch on technology or operational reviews. Ultimately, it's at the discretion of the individual publishers as to their needs and whether an article is accepted (and accepted for print edition or web-only distribution).

What are the typical criteria for an accepted article?
Generally speaking, you're looking at 800-1200 words for a web-only article; between 1600-2000 words for an article to be considered for print. This is without any character count for citations - those tend to be considered separately.

How long does it take for the review process for each article?
It totally depends! Based on need or pertinence of the topic, they could be published while the student is still on rotation with me; other times, they might be held for weeks or months. Not every article is utilized, unfortunately.

Are the submitted articles peer-reviewed?
It depends on the publication source! Some are editorial reviewed, while others go through a full peer review. As the preceptor, I talk about the pros and cons of each format and each potential publication venue and give them an opportunity to identify which audience serves the topic best. During my review, I approach the "checking" as though it would be a true peer-reviewed article, to helping eliminate any back-and-forth between the editorial team and our students.

How do you showcase the student work after it has been published?
During their rotation, I encourage the students to update their personal LinkedIn profiles and show them how to add the "publications" section to their profile. I set up Google alerts to identify when the articles are published and share the URL with both the student and the Experiential Office - then publish the article, along with a tag of the student's profile, on the STACK company LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages. It helps to gain visibility for their work and gives them something to discuss during future residency or job interviews as well!

I'd like to incorporate this into my rotation site, but I have some questions...
Don't hesitate to reach out to me directly! Would be happy to discuss how to incorporate into your current APPE framework and connect you with the publications themselves to help get a foot in the door!

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