Each week, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will highlight the bold work of researchers who have received funding from the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII). The Eshelman Institute for Innovation is made possible by a $100 million gift from Fred Eshelman to accelerate the creation and development of ideas leading to discoveries and transformative changes in education, research and health care.
To learn more about the EII’s impact, visit unceii.org/impact.
EII Project PI: Amy Dorszynski
Project: Virtual Pharmacopedia: Modern Drug Database
Funded Amount: $13,256
About Project: Due to rigorous course loads, limited elective availability, and overlapping course times, it is not possible for Pharm.D. candidates to participate in all elective courses available at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. This may hinder students from learning enough specialty information to maximally excel in their rotations and beyond. To transform this process, we created Virtual Pharmacopedia, a website housing student-developed, expert-reviewed modules containing pharmacotherapy information taught exclusively in the elective curriculum. This database can be used to expand student knowledge for rotation preparation, professional interest, and NAPLEX review.
“By supporting our idea, the Eshelman Institute for Innovation allowed my team to pursue a unique research endeavor that would not have otherwise been possible. Participating in this project provided us with valuable learning experiences, professional development opportunities, connections with faculty and staff, and the chance to practice and hone many skills including writing, public speaking, research, and project management.”
Researchers on project: Edward Lee, Minh-Thi (Michelle) Ton, Amanda Mintz, and faculty mentor Michael Jarstfer.