Inaugural AJHP Residents Edition Debuts with June 1 Issue

The inaugural issue of AJHP Residents Edition debuted today, featuring 12 articles by pharmacy residents that span a range of topics.

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The inaugural issue of AJHP Residents Edition debuted today, featuring 12 articles by pharmacy residents that span a range of topics, from “Pharmacotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” to “Increasing Compliance with National Quality Measures for Stroke.”

The publication, formerly known as the Journal of Health-System Pharmacy Residents (JHPR®), features both original articles and reprints from JHPR®. AJHP Residents Edition is the only publishing forum dedicated to pharmacy residents where they can present their peer-reviewed research, contribute to the advancement of patient care and pharmacy practice, and see their work indexed by PubMed.

“ASHP is very excited to showcase the innovative work that pharmacy residents across the country are doing,” said Daniel J. Cobaugh, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT, AJHP Editor in Chief. “This new digital supplement is the perfect complement to the well-respected body of scholarly work that is consistently presented in AJHP.”

ASHP, which started accrediting pharmacy residencies over 50 years ago, has long been the professional home of pharmacy residents and supports their practice, research, and other scholarly endeavors. AJHP Residents Edition is another way that ASHP is promoting the work of residents who represent the future of the profession. The quarterly online publication encourages residents to publish the results of research and rigorous quality improvement projects that they completed during their residencies.

The inaugural edition of AJHP Residents Edition includes the following original articles:

  • Implementation and outcomes of a pharmacy residency mentorship program by Joshua N. Raub, Pharm.D., BCPS; Taylor M. Thurston, Pharm.D.; Anna D. Fiorvento, Pharm.D.; Ryan P. Mynatt, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-ID); Suprat S. Wilson, Pharm.D., BCPS

This article provides an examination of how a novel residency mentorship program provided beneficial personal and professional development for many residents.

  • Increasing compliance with national quality measures for stroke through use of a standard order set by Kimberly G. Elder, Pharm.D., BCPS; Sandra K. Lemon, Pharm.D., BCPS; Tracy J. Costello, Pharm.D., BCPS

A retrospective review of the treatment records of patients hospitalized for acute stroke showed that adherence to national guidelines increased when providers used a standard order set.

  • Pharmacotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder at a Veterans Affairs facility by Tracie M. Kobayashi, Pharm.D., BCPS; Meeta Patel, Pharm.D., CDE, BCPS; Megan Lotito, Pharm.D., BCPP

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin—norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) were found to be under¬utilized for the treatment of PTSD in patients receiving second-generation antipsychotics (SGA) at the study site. The current use of benzodiazepines in these patients was lower than a reported national average for VA patients.

  • Residency application screening tools: A survey of academic medical centers by Kristen Hillebrand, Pharm.D., BCPS; Corey J. Leinum, Pharm.D., BCPS; Sonya Desai, Pharm.D., BCPS; Natasha N. Pettit, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-ID); Patrick D. Fuller, Pharm.D., BCPS

Most residency programs in University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) hospitals used a screening tool to determine which applicants to invite for an onsite interview. The overall impression based on the candidate’s CV and letters of recommendation was considered the most important factor for determining which residency candidate to interview.

  • Using active methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus surveillance nasal swabs to predict clinical respiratory culture results by Jason Hiett, Pharm.D., BCPS; Rupal K. Patel, Pharm.D., BCPS; Victoria Tate, Pharm.D., BCPS; George Smulian, M.D.; Allison Kelly, M.D.

The authors found that there is a notable association between negative results of nasal-swab screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and an absence of MRSA growth on respiratory clinical cultures at the study site, suggesting that airway swab screening can be a useful tool for streamlining antimicrobial therapy.

Abstracts of AJHP Residents Edition articles, which are hosted on High Wire Press, are open access. Full-text access is limited to ASHP members and subscribers.

For more on AJHP, including links to interviews with authors, ahead-of-print articles, and current issue content, visit www.ajhp.org/.