Scott Bolesta, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCM, FCCP
Department of Pharmacy Practice
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Office: (570) 408-4203
Fax: (570) 408-7729
Welcome to PHA 599: Clinical Research Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
The Clinical Research Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience is an elective clerkship that exposes the student to various aspects of acute care clinical pharmacy research. This includes developing a research hypothesis and study methods, drafting an institutional review board proposal, gathering clinical data, statistical analysis of clinical data, submission of a meeting abstract and development of a poster, and drafting a research paper. Additional opportunities may include collection of observational patient data, participation in other ongoing prospective research investigations and attendance of various meetings and conferences. During the clerkship students will have the opportunity to collaborate and interact with various health-care professionals in several clinical settings. A more detailed description of the clerkship is available and includes a list of potential research projects for the upcoming academic year.
Below is a list of publications and presentations, in which former students who completed the Clinical Research APPE have served as authors and/or presenters, which have resulted from the research projects they began:
Daubert E, Bolesta S. Effect of Lorazepam Versus Morphine on Quality of Life in Hospice Patients with Dyspnea and Anxiety. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2014;54:e76-e219 (Abstract).
Bolesta S, Kong F, Aungst TD. Effect of sodium nitroprusside on the occurrence of atrial fibrillation after cardiothoracic surgery. Crit Care Med. 2011;39(12 Suppl):A262 (Abstract).
Bolesta S, Guzek J, Uhrin L. Association of preoperative statins with acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery: utilization of a consensus definition of acute kidney injury. Crit Care Med. 2009;37(12 Suppl):A201 (Abstract).
Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations
March 29, 2014: “Effect of Lorazepam Versus Morphine on Quality of Life in Hospice Patients with Dyspnea and Anxiety.” American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition. Orlando, FL.
February 5, 2012: “Effect of sodium nitroprusside on the occurrence of atrial fibrillation after cardiothoracic surgery.” Society of Critical Care Medicine 41st Critical Care Congress. Houston, TX.
January 10, 2010: “Association of preoperative statins with acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery: utilization of a consensus definition of acute kidney injury.” Society of Critical Care Medicine 39th Critical Care Congress. Miami, FL.
Student Poster Presentations
Emily M Thudium. December 2, 2012: “Effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the incidence of major gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with a history of major gastrointestinal bleeding. ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.
Jacob A Reichert. December 6, 2011: “Effect of ascorbic acid on the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation in patient undergoing cardiac surgery. ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. New Orleans, LA.
Timothy D Aungst. December 6, 2010: “Effect of Sodium Nitroprusside on the Incidence of Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiothoracic Surgery.” ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Anaheim, CA.
Joshua Guinter. December 6, 2009: “Association between proton pump inhibitor therapy for stress ulcer prophylaxis and Clostridium difficile-associated disease in critically ill patients.” ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.
Lindsey M Schneider. December 7, 2008: Effect of pre-operative statins on acute kidney injury (AKI) following cardiothoracic surgery.” ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Orlando, FL.
You should review the learning contract prior to beginning the clerkship. You will be required to sign a copy of this contract on the first day of your clerkship. You should also begin to review your clerkship calendar. Be sure to review your clerkship calendar regularly throughout the rotation, as I will make necessary updates as needed. As you complete the clerkship other useful information can be accessed from this website that should also assist you.
The location and directions to the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital can be found here.
On your first day meet me in the Clinical Services office of the Pharmacy Department at the time indicated in the clerkship calendar. I suggest you park in the free off-site employee parking lot and use the shuttle provided by the hospital. The lot is located at 115 East Chestnut Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Please allow 10-15 minutes of extra time for transport from the parking lot to the hospital. The shuttle will drop you off at the back entrance to the hospital cafeteria. Once inside the building exit the cafeteria and use the elevators or stairwells to go down one floor (i.e. ground floor). Once on the ground floor head west down the main hallway (this would be a right turn if the elevators are at your back). When you come to a rise in the hallway make a right and proceed down the hallway with the low ceiling and lots of duct work and pipes towards the far north end of the building. When you come to the part of the hallway where the pipes and ductwork in the ceiling end turn right at the end of the hall. The Clinical Services office for the pharmacy will be the second single door on your left. Bring your lab coat and any other supplies and resources you believe may be necessary.