Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs
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Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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ADVICE AND INSIGHTS FROM UBC FACULTY ON REACHING OUT TO SUPERVISORS
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Graduate Student Supervision
Doctoral Student Supervision
Dissertations completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest dissertations.
Objective:The overall aim of this dissertation was to provide a better understanding of adherence to oral anticoagulants (OACs) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods:Meta-analysis was used to summarize the current evidence on patients’ adherence. Population-based administrative data of British Columbia (BC) was used to develop a cohort of adults with AF. Random-effects multivariable regression modeling was used to develop and validate a method, called REWarDS, to estimate patient’s individualized daily dose of warfarin and facilitate measurement of adherence to this medication. OAC adherence was measured over follow-up by creating time windows. Group-based trajectory modeling was used to characterize adherence trajectories. Regression analyses were used to identify the factors associated with adherence, and adherence trajectories. Results:Systematic review and meta-analysis found that one year after therapy initiation patients, on average, miss 27% of their doses. REWarDS was found to be accurate with superior performance over current methods for estimating exposure to warfarin. 54% of the patients in the cohort were found to be nonadherent to their OAC, missing, on average, 32% of their doses. The greatest decline in adherence was observed in the first year of therapy. Patients were found to exhibit four distinct long-term adherence trajectories. Being on Vitamin K Antagonist (VKA) was associated with statistically significantly 13% higher adherence compared to being on Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOAC). Over time, however, adherence increased for DOAC but decreased for VKA. Clinical and demographic factors, while readily available in administrative databases, do not have adequate discriminatory power to predict patients’ adherence trajectories. Conclusion:Adherence in patients with AF was found to be worse than previously understood. Identification of distinct long-term adherence trajectories revealed heterogeneity among nonadherent patients and compels tailoring interventions for different kinds of nonadherence patterns. Findings on the impact of drug class on adherence suggest that prescribers should not assume better adherence for DOACs based on their convenience. Overall, very few variables were identified to be independently associated with any specific adherence trajectory. Altogether, findings call for urgent interventions to improve adherence in patients with AF on both VKA and DOAC, particularly early after therapy initiation.
Master's Student Supervision
Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.
The full abstract for this thesis is available in the body of the thesis, and will be available when the embargo expires.
Introduction: Education facilitates construction of a correct illness representation, corrects beliefs about medications and improves patients’ illness-treatment coherence. There is no consensus on the best education strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Identifying patients’ education needs is the first step towards development of an effective education program.Purpose: The overall aim of this thesis was to provide insights into AF patients’ education needs from patient and clinician viewpoints, and to inform the design of AF patient education programs and initiatives.Methods: The current evidence on AF patients’ knowledge gaps was summarized through a literature review. This was followed by a qualitative descriptive study utilizing semi-structured interviews with patients and clinicians who were recruited through purposive sampling. All interviews were conducted by a Master of science student. The interviews were conducted in English, in a private room or over the phone, without the presence of any non-participants. Each interview lasted approximately 30 minutes and was audio-recorded. Verbatim transcripts were generated within three days of the interview. The reporting of this qualitative study conforms to the Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research (SQRQ) and the Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research (COREQ).Analysis: The analysis of the data was iterative, occurring as interviews proceeded. The interview guides were revised frequently based on the emerging data. The data collected were analyzed through inductive qualitative thematic analysis. Data from patients and clinicians were analyzed independently.Results: Eleven clinicians and ten patients were interviewed. Clinician and patient interviews led to emergence of three and four themes, respectively. This research went beyond identification of knowledge gaps by offering a rich description on patients’ misconceptions, information seeking behavior, education style preferences, attitudes towards online education, expectations of an education program, emotional education needs, preferences for risk communication, and clinicians’ views on the topic. A key finding of my study was the identification of patients’ emotional education needs: the need for education that addresses patients’ concerns and relieves their anxiety. Summarizing my study findings, I offered a set of recommendations that can be used by those involved in educating AF patients.
- Effects of oral anticoagulant adherence on stroke, death, and major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation: A long-term retrospective cohort study (2023)
- Oral anticoagulant switching in patients with atrial fibrillation: a scoping review (2023)
- Patients’ Experiences With the Fit of Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Care During the Pandemic: Qualitative Descriptive Study (2023)
- Telehealth Satisfaction in Patients Receiving Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Care: Quantitative Exploratory Study (2023)
JMIR Human Factors,
- Telehealth Satisfaction in Patients Receiving Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Care: Quantitative Exploratory Study (Preprint) (2023)
- Usability and Feasibility Testing of an Atrial Fibrillation Educational Website with Patients Referred to an Atrial Fibrillation Specialty Clinic (2023)
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,
- Satisfaction with oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation: A prospective observational study (2021)
- Assessment of atrial fibrillation patients' education needs from patient and clinician perspectives: A qualitative descriptive study (2019)
Thrombosis Research, 173, 109-116
- Assessment of Condition and Medication Knowledge Gaps Among Atrial Fibrillation Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (2019)
Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 53 (8), 773--785
- Evaluating the Effect of a Patient Decision Aid for Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention Therapy (2019)
Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 53 (7), 665--674
- Health authority pharmacists' perceptions of independent pharmacist prescribing (2019)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 72 (3), 185-193
- Higher versus lower doses of ACE inhibitors, angiotensin-2 receptor blockers and betablockers in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction: Systematic review and meta-analysis (2019)
PLoS ONE, 14 (2)
- Learner : preceptor ratios for practice-based learning across health disciplines: a systematic review (2017)
Medical Education, 51 (2), 146-157
- Patient preferences regarding atrial fibrillation stroke prophylaxis in patients at potential risk of atrial fibrillation (2017)
International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 39 (2), 468-472
- Patient values and preferences for antithrombotic therapy in atrial fibrillation: A narrative systematic review (2017)
Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 117 (6), 1007-1022
- A quantitative and qualitative assessment of the utilization of mobile computing devices by clinical pharmacists (2016)
Health Policy and Technology, 5 (3), 285-290
- Design and implementation of an integrated medication management curriculum in an entry-to-practice doctor of pharmacy programme (2016)
Pharmacy Education, 16 (1), 122-130
- A Canadian survey of pharmacist participation during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (2015)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 68 (4), 290-295
- Pharmacists' perceptions of the influence of interactions with the pharmaceutical industry on clinical decision-making (2015)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 68 (5), 378-385
- Probiotics for preventing urinary tract infections in adults and children (2015)
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 (12)
- Should the postgraduate year 2 (PGY-2) residency be focused on advanced pharmacy practice training? (2015)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 68 (6), 485-486
- Are the new guidelines for the use of lipid-lowering agents sound, and should their adoption be encouraged? (2014)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 67 (3), 246-247
- Clinician-driven value scoring to prioritise quality actions: A study of general medicine hospital pharmacists (2014)
Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 5 (2), 103-108
- Ethical issues in pharmacy practice research: An introductory guide (2014)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 67 (2), 133-137
- Integration of Smartphones into clinical pharmacy practice: An evaluation of the impact on pharmacists' efficiency (2014)
Health Policy and Technology, 3 (4), 296-305
- The effect of transitioning from residency to pharmacy practice on learning style (2014)
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78 (8)
- Learning styles and teaching perspectives of Canadian pharmacy practice residents and faculty preceptors (2013)
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77 (8)
- Online versus live delivery of education to pharmacists in a large multicentre health region: A non-inferiority assessment of learning outcomes (2013)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 66 (4), 233-240
- Diagnostic reasoning by hospital pharmacists: Assessment of attitudes, knowledge, and skills (2012)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 65 (4), 258-264
- Reasons for non-use of proven pharmacotherapeutic interventions: Systematic review and framework development (2012)
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 18 (1), 49-55
- Should all pharmacists responsible for pharmacotherapeutic management of patients with complex or special drug therapy needs have certification from the board of pharmacy specialties? (2012)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 65 (3), 231-233
- Improving the quality of clinical pharmacy services: A process to identify and capture high-value "quality actions" (2011)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 64 (1), 42-47
- Risk of bleeding with oral anticoagulants: An updated systematic review and performance analysis of clinical prediction rules (2011)
Annals of Hematology, 90 (10), 1191-1200
- Survey of graduates of the British Columbia pharmacy practice residency programs, 1973-2009 (2011)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 64 (6), 419-425
- Do Emergency Physicians Attribute Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits to Medication-Related Problems? (2010)
Annals of Emergency Medicine, 55 (6)
- Pharmacists' perceptions of the impact of care they provide (2010)
Pharmacy Practice, 8 (2), 89-95
- Quality and usability of common drug information databases (2010)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 63 (2), 130-137
- Should a process be developed to recognize "pharmacy practice residency equivalency" for pharmacists with substantial clinical experience who have not completed a pharmacy practice residency? (2010)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 63 (6), 454-457
- Reasons for non-use of proven interventions for hospital inpatients: Pharmacists' perspectives (2009)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 62 (5), 381-385
- Should the window for intravenous administration of tissue plasminogen activator in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke be extended to 4.5 hours? (2009)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 62 (3), 248-251
- Implementation of proven interventions in general medical inpatients: Development and evaluation of a new quality indicator for drug therapy (2008)
Quality and Safety in Health Care, 17 (4), 269-274
- Incidence, severity and preventability of medication-related visits to the emergency department: A prospective study (2008)
CMAJ, 178 (12), 1563-1569
- Adding "value" to clinical practice guidelines (2007)
Canadian Family Physician, 53 (8)
- The risk of bleeding with warfarin: A systematic review and performace analysis of clinical prediction rules (2007)
Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 98 (5), 980-987
- A retrospective evaluation of adherence to guidelines for prevention of thromboembolic events in general medical inpatients (2006)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 59 (5), 258-263
- Opportunities for optimizing pantoprazole therapy in patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (2006)
Hospital Pharmacy, 41 (4), 354-360
- Dissemination of results needs to be tracked as well as the funding is  (2005)
British Medical Journal, 331 (7514), 456
- Documenting drug-related problems with personal digital assistance in a multisite health system (2005)
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 62 (17), 1782-1787
- The other side of the bezafibrate infarction prevention trial data  (multiple letters) (2005)
Archives of Internal Medicine, 165 (20), 2431-2432
- Misplaced allegations  (multiple letters) (2004)
Canadian Medical Association Journal, 170 (8), 1207
- Selection of Atypical Antipsychotics for the Management of Schizophrenia (2004)
Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 38 (2), 313-319
- Bedside calculation of stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (2003)
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 60 (5), 427-429
- Randomized, Double-Blind Trial of Dolasetron Versus Droperidol for Prophylaxis of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Patients Undergoing TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery (2003)
Annals of Plastic Surgery, 51 (5), 472-477
- Systematic reviews in emergency medicine: Part I. Background and general principles for locating and critically appraising reviews (2003)
Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 5 (5), 331-335
- Systematic reviews in emergency medicine: Part II. Critical appraisal of review quality, data synthesis and result interpretation (2003)
Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 5 (6), 406-411
- A response to the ACP-ASIM position paper on pharmacist scope of practice (2002)
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 59 (15), 1453-1456
- Anti-emetics in development (2002)
Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, 11 (6), 801-805
- Review of the selective COX-2 inhibitors celecoxib and rofecoxib: Focus on clinical aspects (2002)
Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 4 (4), 268-275
- Cost-utility analysis of tissue plasminogen activator therapy for acute ischaemic stroke: A canadian healthcare perspective (2001)
PharmacoEconomics, 19 (9), 927-936
- Meta-analysis of proton pump inhibitors in treatment of bleeding peptic ulcers (2001)
Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 35 (12), 1528-1534
- 5-HT3 receptor antagonists vs traditional agents for the prophylaxis of postoperative nausea and vomiting (2000)
Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 47 (10), 1008-1018
- Erratum: Systemic review of the treatment of early Lyme disease (Drugs (1999) 57 (2) (157-173)) (2000)
Drugs, 59 (3), 476
- Cost-effectiveness of prophylactic dolasetron or droperidol vs rescue therapy in the prevention of PONV in ambulatory gynecologic surgery (1999)
Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, 46 (6), 536-543
- Influence of the methods of reporting clinical trial results on pharmacists' willingness to recommend drug therapy (1999)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 52 (3), 145-149
- Medication-induced headache: Overview and systematic review of therapeutic approaches (1999)
Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 33 (1), 61-72
- Systematic review of the treatment of early Lyme disease (1999)
Drugs, 57 (2), 157-173
- Losartan as an alternative to ACE inhibitors in patients with renal dysfunction (1998)
Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 32 (10), 1096-1098
- The efficacy and safety of combination warfarin and ASA therapy: A systematic review of the literature and update of guidelines (1998)
Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 14 (5), 717-726
- PharmaNet database and seamless care  (1997)
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 50 (4), 160-161