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Two Students Awarded ACCP Travel Awards

Two student pharmacists have been awarded prestigious travel and research awards to attend the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in Seattle, WA, in October. The conference is a forum for groundbreaking educational programming from leading international clinical pharmacy clinicians and researchers, and an opportunity to share and disseminate impactful clinical pharmacy research.

DillonPYIV student Caroline Dillon has been selected as the recipient of the Adult Medicine Student Research Award, with provision of a $1,000 award to assist with conference travel. Her award also affords her the opportunity to present at the Adult Medicine Business Meeting.

"I am honored to be chosen for this award, and grateful for the opportunity to attend this year's ACCP Global Conference. I look forward to presenting our research project to fellow pharmacists, residents, and students, as well as learning from the research projects of others," she said.

JankowskiIrene Jankowski, also a PYIV student, has been selected as a recipient of a Geriatrics Student Travel Award from ACCP. This honor comes with a $500 award to offset conference travel costs.

"Pharmacy is a very dynamic field, and having the opportunity to contribute to its progression has been an amazing experience. I am very honored to be chosen as the recipient of the Geriatrics Student Travel Award and am grateful for ACCP's time and consideration. I'm excited to attend this global conference to present our findings, as well as learn from others how we can provide the best care for our future patients," she said.

Caroline and Irene's project, completed with fellow PYIVs Maggie English and Erin Hayden, focused on a comparison of dosing conversion from intravenous to oral therapy for diltiazem in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. This project was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Mercy Hospital. Caroline and Irene, along with their project team, will present a poster detailing their research and accepted abstract in Seattle in October.

Both students were participants in the School's Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) research rotation, coordinated and precepted by faculty members Branden Nemecek, Pharm.D., David Zimmerman, Pharm.D., Anthony Guarascio, Pharm.D., and Jordan Covvey, Pharm.D., Ph.D. This APPE is an application-only experience that provides students with an intense and in-depth understanding in conducting practice- and clinically-based research, from background literature review through to data collection and analysis.

This is the fourth year in a row, and the 7th and 8th Duquesne student pharmacists that have been successful in obtaining research/travel grants from ACCP and its Practice and Research Networks (PRNs).

Previous recipients include Courtney Olesky (Pharm.D.'18), Rachael Gerstein (Pharm.D.'18), Lindsey Jachim (Pharm.D.'17), Jennifer Brown (Pharm.D.'16), Paige Coleman (Pharm.D.'16), and Katherine Guido (Pharm.D.'16).

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