Renae Chesnut, RPh, MBA, EdD; Lauren Pedersen, MBA, PharmD; Denise Soltis, RPh
The DELTA Rx Institute, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
The DELTA Rx Institute promotes innovation and creativity in the profession of pharmacy and strives to foster individual ideas that create value for our patients and society. The DELTA Rx Institute is the foundation for an initiative in entrepreneurial leadership with pharmacy practitioners, students and faculty. Established by the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the DELTA Rx Institute is located at www.DELTARx.com.
The DELTA Rx Institute developed out of a strategic initiative at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences set forth by the National Alumni Board and faculty. In 2005, a team of six faculty and staff attended the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship meeting. Following the meeting, the DELTA Rx Team was developed and began to meet regularly. This team was charged with promoting entrepreneurship in pharmacy through developing a website, beginning the process of curricular change, and reaching out to pharmacists.
The website www.DELTARx.com premiered at the National Community Pharmacists Association meeting in October 2005. In 2006, grant funding was secured from the Community Pharmacy Foundation for outreach to the profession and development of new features within the website.
Discuss the entrepreneurial leadership process or ideas for projects on the leading edge of the pharmacy profession
Perspectives on people, practices, and organizations written to showcase the process used to follow their passion for creating value for patients or society
Inspiration for change and innovation in pharmacy; describe the opportunity, obstacles, successes and failures of those who undertook the venture
Resources for practice development, teaching, and leadership to enhance entrepreneurial leadership vision
Online environment for continuing education certificate programs to specialize practice or develop skills
Practitioners available for consultation to help you design practice innovations
Survey Project Design & Methods
A Likert scale survey to measure current perceptions of entrepreneurial activity in the pharmacy profession and the response to the DELTA Rx Institute web site was developed and distributed through a web-based application, SurveyMonkey.com.
On May 3, 2006, the survey link was sent to:
The Final Response Rate was 514/1703 with 30% completing the survey by May 27, 2006. Questions were asked regarding respondent’s participants perceptions of the concept of entrepreneurial leadership and their evaluation of the DELTA Rx Institute web site.
Survey Results: The Concept of Entrepreneurial Leadership
Web Site Evaluation