Onramps Lane 3: Develop an Area of Scholarly Impact

For the third year, faculty members will have access to an Onramp to support them in gaining experience with scholarly dissemination. Each scholarly Onramp group is led by a faculty member with expertise around a specific theme and plans to produce a publication by the end of the academic year.

2019-2020 Onramp Groups

Review the scholarship projects from 2017-2018.
Review the scholarship projects from 2018-2019.

Climate Change and Health: Implications for Vulnerable Populations

Leader: Patrice Nicholas, SON Faculty


Research Question: What are the health implications of climate change on health in vulnerable populations: socioeconomic, children, women, elderly, chronically ill?

Roles for co-authors

  • Literature review
  • Manuscript drafting
  • Manuscript editing

Intended outcome: Program development, delivery, and dissemination in presentation and publication

Timeline: One year

Current stage: Idea phase

Area of impact: Application

Previous experience: A passion for addressing health consequences in our climate-changing world!

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per week



Analyzing Student Responses to Cultural OSCE Scenarios: A Qualitative Study

Leader: Abraham Ndiwane, SON faculty


Research Question: Does the use of simulation increase cultural humility in health professions students?

Roles for co-authors

  • Research design: qualitative coding & developing common themes
  • Literature review
  • Data analysis
  • Manuscript drafting
  • Manuscript editing

Intended outcome: Publish a manuscript

Timeline:  Submit a manuscript by May 2020

Current stage: We have collected qualitative data (n=182) on student responses during health assessment interviews with standardized patients.

Area of impact: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

Previous experience: Writing & editing

Time Commitment: About 2 hours a week



A Global SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis of Advanced Practice Nurse Regulation and Practice

Leader: Elissa Ladd, SON faculty

Research Question: This is policy analysis. The aim is to analyze regulatory and practice trends in advanced practice nursing in the six WHO world regions. In particular, we will focus on educational trends and practice foci such as oncology and mental health. Also, we may correlate trends with advances in universal health care.

Roles for co-authors

  • Literature review
  • Data collection
  • Manuscript drafting
  • Manuscript editing

Intended outcome: Two papers submitted for publication​

Timeline: 2019-2020 academic year

Current stage: Later stages – organizing data into thematic areas in order to start writing.

Area of impact: Application

Previous experience: None except for writing skills

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week



Tracking and Improving Student Outcomes through Electronic Database Systems

Leader: Andrea Fairman, OT faculty


Research Questions

  • How can the use of electronic databases best enhance student learning? (focus on interprofessional collaboration)
  • How can electronic databases serve as effective and efficient teaching tools?
  • Which features and functions of the existing databases are most valuable for stakeholders (students, faculty, staff & clients)? / Which need to be improved?

Roles for co-authors

  • Research design
  • Literature review
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Manuscript drafting
  • Manuscript editing


Fall 2019

September – October: literature review, develop detailed methods, including data collection tools, surveys and focus group scripts

October – November: submit IRB

November – early December: Plan for logistics to distribute surveys and conduct focus groups

Spring 2020

January – March: (following IRB approval) Data collection, preliminary analysis

March – April: complete data analysis, prepare summary report for internal stakeholders, identify potential audiences for external dissemination (presentations & publications)

April – May: Prepare manuscript(s) and submit for publication

Please Note: The publication process is often lengthy and will likely extend beyond the 2019-2020 academic year. Formal, professional presentations are also likely to occur the following year 2020-21.

Current stage:

Beginning in the Spring of 2018, the CSD and OT programs collaborated to develop databases in REDCap to gather and maintain required documentation and data for clients’ participating in the Sanders IMPACT Practice Center (IPC). All preexisting IPC required forms were input into these databases and utilized across multiple programs within CSD and OT for use with clients. A joint pediatric intake form was designed so that one form would provide case history information for both CSD and OT programs. As a result, families only need to complete one set of forms for both programs. The adult intake form is currently being developed. For some programs, databases were also used to document client sessions in real-time and/or to store post-session documentation. CSD and OT students and faculty utilized these REDCap databases to record and share information during the 2018-19 Academic Year. We are preparing to use these databases in a similar manner again this academic year (2019-20) but plan to evaluate how to improve upon the processes and the data that is collected using the system. In addition, there are plans to implement the use of EPIC, the electronic medical record (EMR) software solution in 2020. The information gathered through this project will help to inform how we may continue to use one or both REDCap and EPIC in conjunction with the IPC.

This project will use a mixed-methods design employing the following research methods:

Surveys, Focus Groups, and Usability Testing. Research participants will primarily be students, but we will also seek feedback from faculty members and clients who participate in services at the IPC.

Area of impact: Teaching and Learning

Previous experience: Familiarity and/or interest in learning about database development and management as well as at least one of the research methodologies described above: Surveys, Focus Groups, Usability Testing.

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week