ISPOR Awards UA's Student Chapter

The University of Arizona International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) chapter received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. This award recognizes the chapter’s efforts in leadership and the variety of educational, networking, social, and volunteering activities offered this year. At the ISPOR annual meeting later in May 2018, UA-ISPOR chapter president Rhys Axon will accept the award and present to fellow chapter presidents reflecting upon UA's activities this year to inspire them to become highly successful student chapters.

The award was based on their 2017 activities, their impact on the university, their contribution to the ISPOR student network, published work in the student network newsletter, and their plans for 2018. These achievements are outlined below:

Educational Activities

  • Abstract writing weekly workshop (fall semester)
  • Economic modeling seminar (Dr. Mahdi Gharaibeh, Amgen)
  • Student showcase research competition (University of Arizona)
  • Actuarial forecasting seminar (Karl Gregor and Whitney Pratt, Optum)
  • Trajectory modeling workshop (Dr. Bobby Jones, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Automated fall risk decision support seminar (Dr. Richard Boyce, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Grant writing weekly workshop (spring semester)
  • CV and interviewing workshop (Dr. Terri Warholak, University of Arizona)
  • Item Response Theory workshop (Dr. Michael Edwards and Dr. Carrie Houts)

Networking Activities

  • Graduate career symposium
  • ISPOR annual meeting
  • Alumni reception at ISPOR annual meeting
  • Western Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Conference
  • Homecoming research poster session

Social Activities

  • Welcome event for graduate program applicants
  • Graduation/end of year party
  • Summer bowling and happy hour
  • Welcome back percentage night
  • Mid-semester weekend brunch
  • Visited “Old Tucson”, a wild-west themed movie set town
  • Holiday party

Volunteer Activities

  • Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) Science Fair
  • Donated to hurricane Harvey
  • “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”

Chapter Impact on University

  • PharmD student conference abstract review sessions
  • Facilitated sessions at the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research annual training session
  • Regularly featured in college newsletter and at college events

Contribution to Student Network

  • Participated and chaired student network committees:
    • Mira Patel (Co-chair, Newsletter committee 2016-17)
    • Rhys Axon (Co-chair, Survey and evaluation committee 2017-18)
  • Attended ISPOR annual meeting:
    • Nine abstracts accepted
    • Participated in student research competition
    • Winners of ISPOR t-shirt competition
  • Contributed to Newsletter and participated in newsletter quiz

Published work in ISPOR Student Network Newsletter

  • Axon DR. Chapter Updates: University of Arizona. ISPOR Student Network Newsletter. 2017;8(2):5&13.
  • Axon DR. Chapter Updates: University of Arizona. ISPOR Student Network Newsletter. 2017;8(3):13.
  • Axon DR. Chapter Updates: University of Arizona. ISPOR Student Network Newsletter. 2017;9(2):6&11&15.

2018 Plans

  • Pharmacoepidemilogy seminar series – talks/workshops on:
    • Machine learning
    • Stated preferences and economic evaluation in personalized medicine
    • E-cigarette adoption and marketing
    • Surveillance systems in the AZ poison center program
    • Careers in the pharmaceutical industry
  • ArcGIS workshop
  • GPSC student showcase
  • R workshop
  • Graduate career symposium
  • Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) Science Fair