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“The Great Eight”

Resident Presentation & Awards Program

Wednesday, June 19, 2024; 5pm - 8pm EDT

2 hours of live ACPE credit available

Hosted at Connecticut Hospital Association 
110 Barnes Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492

Member and Non-Members - $25 

Incoming 2024-2025 CT PGY1 and PGY2 residents: Free
Registration Closes: June 5th

Payment Due: June 10th



Join us for our annual, juried showcase of the work of Connecticut Pharmacy Residents. The Great Eight is an opportunity for Connecticut's Pharmacy Residents to present their research in front of clinical pharmacists and pharmacy administrators who are interested in the work that they have completed.


The Great Eight was introduced in 2012 to spotlight the work of CSHP's Resident Members. As of 2024, CSHP decided to open the Great Eight to all Residents in the state of Connecticut and the winning eight will receive a one year complimentary CSHP Resident Membership. 

This event will offer 2 live ACPE credit hours for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians approved & accredited by the Hartford Healthcare as a provider of continuing pharmacy education for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.


Submissions are CLOSED Wednesday May 8th, 2024




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Congratulations to the 2024 Great Eight Presenters!

Eleni Gaspar
  • Title: Impact of weekly versus twice weekly bortezomib on rates of peripheral neuropathy in combination with lenalidomide, dexamethasone and daratumumab
  • Objective:  Understand the impact of weekly bortezomib dosing on rates of peripheral neuropathy in patients with multiple myeloma receiving D-VRd 
Kat Irani 
  • Title: Impact of Therapeutic versus Sub-therapeutic Dosing of Etomidate in the Setting of Rapid Sequence Intubation
  • Objective: Understand how etomidate works and how it is thought to cause adrenal insufficiency
Zac Lanoue
  • Title: Effect of Enteral Clonidine versus Guanfacine on Dexmedetomidine Withdrawal Compared to Dexmedetomidine Monotherapy in Critically Ill Patients
  • ObjectiveDescribe the difference in incidence of dexmedetomidine when using enteral clonidine compared to enteral guanfacine compared to dexmedetomidine monotherapy
Kevin Rivera
  • Title: Evaluation of Cost Savings Opportunity with the Use of an Alternative Factor VII Product within a Tertiary Academic Medical Center and Health System
  • ObjectiveDescribe the cost differences between factor VII formulations
Emily Scurka 
  • Title: Evaluation of HbA1c in Patients Followed by a Pharmacist and Pharmacy Liaison in an Endocrinology Clinic
  • Objective: To evaluate whether patients in an endocrinology clinic who are followed by a pharmacist and a pharmacy liaison have grater HbA1c lowering compared to patients who are not followed by a pharmacist and pharmacy liaison.
Sammy Stewart 
  • Title: Evaluation of biomarker testing practices for advanced and metastatic gastrointestinal cancers
  • Objective: Examine real-world biomarker testing and targeted therapy compliance with national guideline recommendations in advanced and metastatic gastrointestinal cancers

Sean Tan 

  • Title: Bleeding risk among cancer patients receiving concurrent CYP-interacting tyrosine kinase inhibitors with direct oral anticoagulants versus alternative anticoagulation therapies
  • ObjectiveAssess the risk of bleeding among patients that receive CYP-interacting TKIs with DOACs compared to alternative, non-DOAC anticoagulation therapies
Nicole Thurnherr
  • Title: Assessing real-world weight change in the treatment and prevention of HIV-1 with a cabotegravir-containing regimen
  • Objective: Describe the real-world weight change in patients on a cabotegravir-containing regimen for treatment and prevention of HIV-1

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2023 Great Eight Winners! 

1st Place: Alexandra Lindo
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Yale New Haven Hospital

Describe the potential safety and clinical benefits of a pharmacist led vancomycin outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy service.

2nd Place: Megan Machnicz 
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, The Hospital of Central Connecticut

Discuss the impact of sodium bicarbonate on return of spontaneous circulation, survival to 24 hours, and survival to discharge based on initial presenting rhythm.

3rd Place: Olga Shutov
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, The Hospital of Central Connecticut

Evaluate the efficacy of oral vancomycin as secondary prophylaxis in a high-risk patient population receiving systemic antibiotics. 

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