Research Drives Pharmacy Trio

by Kaitlyn Coughlin, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy sent two faculty members and one undergraduate student to present research at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) annual meeting on July 16, 2012, in Kissimmee, Florida.

This is the first time that the school of pharmacy has had a student present at a national pharmacy conference. Rebecca Widder ’12 presented in poster format the results of her research from summer 2011 that she completed with Elisha Injeti, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Cedarville.

“As part of my internship last summer, Dr. Injeti and I tested the accuracy of a new sensor developed by Future Path Medical, a biotech firm in Columbus, to evaluate the accuracy of their new sensor system,” Widder said. “The sensor is a part of a urine bag system that wirelessly transmits how full the urine bag is to a computer. This makes it a lot easier to know when a patient’s urine bag is full and needs to be emptied.”

Widder explained that after the research was completed, they submitted their findings for a poster presentation at the AACP national conference. The organization accepted their research as a poster presentation at the annual conference and published the abstract in the most recent American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Assistant professor of pharmacy practice Aleda Chen, Pharm.D., Ph.D, also presented at the conference. She presented three posters resulting from work completed as a graduate student at Purdue University. Chen completed her analysis at Cedarville, and her work examined changes in pharmacy and nursing students’ perceptions of older adults after completing an aging simulation game as well as nursing and pharmacy students’ views on interprofessionalism. Additionally, Chen and a colleague examined changes in empathy toward older adults using the Kiersma-Chen Empathy Scale they created.

Chen also presented a poster in collaboration with other professors in the school of pharmacy on how the school of pharmacy is incorporating interprofessionalism throughout its professional pharmacy curriculum. In addition, professor of pharmacy practice Marty Eng, Pharm.D., conducted a podium session on interprofessional team based learning at the conference.

“Our work and Rebecca’s involvement at the conference emphasizes how Cedarville faculty and staff are committed to educating future health care professionals who provide compassionate care as part of an interprofessional team,” Chen said. “We evaluate the effectiveness of our education so that we can ensure the University’s dedication to excellence.”