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Respiratory Care Serves as a Model for Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research

Through the dedicated efforts of its faculty, the Boise State University Department of Respiratory Care has an impressive history of incorporating research activities into the undergraduate student experience. This track record includes presentations at international conferences, two prestigious fellowship awards, and worldwide recognition.

Students from Boise State’s Department of Respiratory Care have presented research projects at several conferences including the American Thoracic Society International Congress in the year 2004 and the American Association for Respiratory Care International Conference every year from 2004 to 2013. These activities encompass nearly 55 research projects displayed and presented at the national and international level.

This year four more student-led research projects have been accepted for presentation at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Conference in Las Vegas this December. These twelve students will have the unique opportunity to present their projects, and represent Boise State at the discipline’s leading national professional conference. The projects accepted to this conference include “Manual versus Mechanical Percussion”, “Evaluation of Learning Styles for Patients with COPD”, “Evaluation of Molecular Sieve Oxygen Concentrators and varying Flow Rates”, and “Idaho Pharmacy Practices as related to Metered Dose Inhalers and Spacers”.

In addition, some junior students as well as one international group are continuing to work on five other research projects. A point of pride for the Department is the recent announcement that a group of students was awarded the prestigious 2014 Monaghan/Trudell Fellowship for Aerosol Technique Development.
This is not the first time Respiratory Care students have received national recognition. In 2005, students were awarded the Respironics Fellowship in Mechanical Ventilation. This fellowship was open to students and health care practitioners world-wide and selected from abstracts accepted to the AARC’s 2005 International Respiratory Congress.