Shanna O’Connor, head of pharmacy practice at South Dakota State University, is one of seven faculty members nationwide to be chosen as a mentor for pharmacy residents in a program from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation.
O’Connor, who joined the SDSU College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions March 1 from Idaho State University, was part of the program in 2021 when it was a pilot program.
The American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Incentive Grant program helps fund resident-driven projects at practice sites or the residents’ affiliated university. The residents have completed their Pharm.D. degree and are completing a one- or two-year community-based residency. These post-graduate residency programs are designed to further the clinical training of pharmacists and are set in community-based practice such as independent, chain, or compounding pharmacies.
O’Connor will meet with her resident cohort via Zoom in group and one-on-one sessions to help each resident structure their research project, create a poster presentation, and prepare a research report for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
The residents, who have been selected but not yet assigned to cohorts, will connect with O’Connor late this year and continue through their residency year that ends in June. Except for those who attend the March conference of the American Pharmaceutical Association, all contact will be done remotely.
Dan Hansen, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, said O’Connor’s selection reflects well on her ability to mentor young pharmacist in their first major research project.
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