The community practice research fellowship program was established within the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.
The goal of this fellowship program is to provide graduates with a solid foundation in scholarship pertaining to community pharmacy practice, and emphasis is placed on developing future faculty members. The fellowship program is designed to build upon the school’s community- based initiatives while actively contributing to the research agenda for community-based scholarship.
The core learning experiences of the fellowship program consist of mentored research and graduate coursework (approximately 80%-90% of the fellow’s effort), with the remaining time devoted to teaching and/or community-based direct patient care. Specific activities are individualized to meet the fellow’s interests and career goals. The fellow is advised by the program co-directors and a committee consisting of faculty members with expertise in community pharmacy practice and health services/health outcomes research. The fellow meets weekly with the program director and every 6 months with the full committee.
The ACCP Guidelines for Clinical Research Fellowship Training Programs list several skills that are essential to achieving competency in clinical research. In the community practice research fellowship, the majority of these skills are developed through the completion of research activities under the guidance of the fellowship co-directors and other researcher preceptors. As part of these research efforts, the fellow is required to gain experience in grantsmanship through authoring and submitting at least 1 grant application for funding consideration. The fellow is also required to gain experience in the scholarship of teaching, providing the opportunity for course material design, and formal evaluation.