USJ hosts 5th Annual New England Residency Conference  

Pharmacy residents from around the region shared presentations of their research at the 5th Annual New England Residency Conference, held at USJ on May 13. 

Nearly 200 attended the event, with 105 resident presenters over the course of the conference, which was presented by the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), and Rhode Island Society of Health-System Pharmacists (RISHP).  

“It’s always a pleasure to showcase our beautiful campus and we are very pleased to host the 5th Annual New England Residency Conference at USJ,” said Ahmed Abdelmageed, Pharm.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy and PA Studies, and associate professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration. 

The conference gave Pharmacy residents the opportunity to present the results of the research projects they had to complete as part of their residencies. They presented to other attendees that included preceptors, Residency program directors and coordinators, and interested pharmacists from throughout New England. Each resident was given a 15-minute platform to make their presentations.  

Also attending to observe the presentations were preceptors, residency program directors and coordinators, other residents, and pharmacists from throughout New England. 

“All Pharmacy residents have to work on a year-long research project as part of their residency, and this conference gives them the chance to present the results,” explained Colleen Teevan, System Pharmacy Clinical Manager at Hartford Healthcare, and past-president of CSHP. “The residents get to show what they have been working on for a year, and everyone attending gets to see what others are doing and possibly take innovative ideas bring back to their health care organizations.” 

The presentations, which ran from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., included topics such as “Effect of Intravenous Iron Sucrose Dosing on Hospital Readmissions in Patients with Heart Failure and Iron Deficiency in a Small Community Hospital,” “Impact of structured nursing and clinician in-services on pain and sedition practices in critically ill adults,” “Enhancing Inpatient Sleep: Optimizing Medication Schedules,” and “Improving patient access to vaccines and population vaccination rates within a large academic medical center.” 

Anna Capparella, a PGY-1 Resident at St. Vincent’s Medical Center who graduated from USJ in 2023 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, was one of the residents presenting. The title of her presentation was “Impact of Pharmacist-Led Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Management on Hemoglobin A1c Outcomes in Patients with Uncontrolled Diabetes in a Primary Care Clinic.” 

“I worked with the ambulatory care pharmacists at Hartford Healthcare and we were looking at the impact of pharmacist interventions in primary care clinics with patients with Type 2 diabetes, and what their impact is on A1c reduction.” 

“Our pharmacists work under a collaborative practice agreement with providers of primary care clinics and were able to make interventions, modify medications and dosage,” she said. “In my research we did find that we do have a significant impact when we are working with these diabetes patients.” 

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