D2V News

D2V Staff Members Earn Project Management Professional (PMP) Certifications

The D2V Project Management team is excited to announce that two of our members; Rachel Zucker and Chan Voong, have earned Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. 

Research Project Managers ensure that work is timely, efficient and rigorous by navigating the logistical requirements of the project, the operational structure of the university, and the specific expectations of sponsors and stakeholders.  Many project management skills translate seamlessly between industries and contexts, so certified professionals are expected to be prepared for a wide range of scenarios and outcomes. Certificate holders are also expected to have a wealth of personal experience in project management. 

In order to qualify to sit for the exam, candidates must have three years of project management experience and 35 hours of specialized project management education. Once an application has been accepted and approved, the individual must pass a lengthy and comprehensive exam. The gold standard in project management certifications, the Project Management Professional certification is a rigorous test that covers various aspects of project management, such as analytical, logical, mathematical, management, and leadership skills.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is this credential's parent organization, and works continuously with businesses and academia to ensure relevance for the certification. Ms. Zucker and Ms. Chan’s accomplishment is even more impressive considering that only 50-60% of candidates are estimated to pass the test on their first try. 


D2V Investigators Receive PhRMA Foundation Award


The University of Colorado Center for Pharmaceutical Value (PValue) has been established with a Value Assessment Center of Excellence Award from the PhRMA Foundation.


The foundation grant of $500,000 was awarded to Jonathan Campbell, PhD, R. Brett McQueen, PhD, and Melanie Whittington, PhD, who have primary faculty appointments in the field of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the Anschutz Medical Campus.


PValue will be a center of excellence within D2V. D2V will support PValue through a matching award of $500,000. Additional D2V support will include peer review, shared professional research assistance, project management expertise, and institutional accountability.  The total award will be allocated over three years to establish PValue initiatives.


Read the full press release at CU Anschutz Today.


CU Anschutz Today Profile: Research Initiative Uses Big Data to Improve Patient Care


One of D2V's pilot projects from the 2017 application cycle, "Big Data to Nursing Value," was featured in the latest CU Anschutz Today. The project is led by primary investigator John Welton, PhD, RN, FAAN and co-investigators Marcelo Coca Perraillon, PhD and Peggy Jenkins, PhD, RN.


"Interprofessional collaboration of data scientists, informaticians, nurse scientists, nurse leaders, academia, clinical practice sites, and industry is necessary to construct data warehouses," [Jenkins] said.


Welton adds, “We are at the start of our journey to better understand the inner workings of health care by examining the care of each provider. We know a lot about physician care, but we are just beginning to collect data at the individual nurse-patient unit of analysis. This is the largest database of its kind to date detailing the overall care delivered by individual nurses.




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