The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy offers a 2-year fellowship designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical pharmacogenomics, implementation science, and translational research. Our goal is to train future independent researchers, faculty members, and health system leaders with a solid foundation in pharmacogenomics and precision medicine.
Conduct research with the objective of advancing the science and application of pharmacogenomics and precision medicine. Specifically, in the areas of implementation science; translational and clinical outcomes research; return of results and pharmacogenomics education; and clinical informatics.
Participate in ongoing clinical and research initiatives including pharmacogenomics programs currently deployed across the UPMC system -- the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Service, the PreCISE-Rx initiative, the Primary Care Precision Medicine Clinic, Test2Learn training program, the Pharmacogenomics Center of Excellence as well as nationally-funded pharmacogenomics research projects.
Be mentored by University of Pittsburgh and UPMC leaders within the School of Pharmacy, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Institute for Precision Medicine.
Gain core learning experiences through mentored research and development (50% effort), patient care (25% effort), and graduate coursework (25% effort).
Have the option to enroll in a Pharmacogenomics Certificate program or a Clinical/Translational Research certificate program from the University of Pittsburgh. Fellows may also apply to enter the MS or PhD program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
Receive an annual stipend and health insurance.
Eligibility: Applicants should possess a PharmD degree (residency training preferred), eligibility for pharmacist licensure in PA, and a passion for translational and/or implementation science.
Application: Please submit a letter of intent, CV, transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation by December 17, 2022, to Dr. Philip Empey at the e-mail listed below.
For further information, please contact:
Philip Empey, PharmD, PhD, FCCP (Fellowship Director) Director, Pharmacogenomics Center of Excellence, Associate Director for Pharmacogenomics, Pitt/UPMC Institute for Precision Medicine;
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh
James Coons, PharmD, FCCP, BCCP Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh Clinical Pharmacist, Cardiology, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucas A. Berenbrok, PharmD, MS, BCACP, TTS Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy email@example.com
Clinical Fellowship - Medication Safety and Nephrotoxin Stewardship
This 2-year fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
The 2-year fellowship program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy provides a strong foundation in conducting clinical research related to medication safety and nephrotoxin stewardship with consideration to practical implementation and practice changes. Under the collaborative guidance of the University of Pittsburgh faculty and UPMC pharmacy leaders, the fellow will be responsible for organizing, developing, and analyzing data related to medication safety and specifically nephrotoxin stewardship interventions.
The fellow will:
Conduct research with the objective of advancing science and application of medication safety and nephrotoxin stewardship.
Participate in ongoing clinical and research initiatives for nephrotoxin stewardship currently being deployed across the UPMC health system.
Be responsible for research protocol development and implementation
Make clinical recommendations to facilitate kidney health in patients at risk for drug associated acute kidney injury and adverse drug events from inappropriate dosing of renally eliminated drugs.
Develop skills in clinical research and implementation practice considerations.
Oversee student learners contributing to research in this clinical area.
Facilitate research across UPMC facilities by interacting with patient care teams.
Interact with investigators, UPMC physicians, pharmacy technicians, and data management and project management teams at the University of Pittsburgh via project meetings and conference calls as necessary and will contribute to manuscript preparation.
Applicants should possess a PharmD degree (residency training preferred), eligibility for pharmacist licensure in PA as this an expectation of the fellowship. Additionally, applicants should display:
Strong project management skills to ensure structure and adherence to timelines
Strong communication skills to work with a interprofessional team and communicate findings in formats appropriate for different audiences
Strong analytical skills; ability to identify appropriate outcome metrics and measure, report outcome findings
Critical assessment skills to evaluate the development of and implementation strategies for clinical pathways
Clinical writing skills; ability to develop and publish abstracts and articles based on project findings
Problem solving skills; ability to creatively address gaps in care and practice patterns
Strong interest in kidney disease, medication safety and data analytics
Please submit a letter of intent, CV, and 3 letters of recommendation by December 31, 2022, to Dr. Sandra Kane-Gill at the e-mail listed below.
For further information contact:
Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM, FCCP
Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics in the School of Pharmacy
Secondary appointment in the School of Medicine, Clinical Translational Science Institute, Critical Care Medicine and Biomedical Informatics
Member of the Center for Critical Care Nephrology and Medical Machine Learning
The School of Pharmacy, a leader and innovator in education, practice and research, is one of 16 schools/colleges located on the Oakland campus, which includes the six schools of the health sciences. Pitt Pharmacy ranks #10 among schools of pharmacy in total research funding and is known as an innovator in research, education and practice. Pitt Pharmacy partners with UPMC, one of the leading integrated health care delivery networks in the country, to provide state-of-the-art pharmacy services and patient care. The Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics is integrated with UPMC and together support the leadership and management of pharmacy services as well as clinical programs including Antibiotic Management Program, Ambulatory Care Programs, Medicine, Pharmacogenomics, Palliative Care, Oncology, Transplantation, Critical Care, and Cardiology. The Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics is home to the Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program for the Underserved. In partnership with UPMC, the department is home to twelve accredited residency programs, plus twelve pharmacy fellowship training programs. For more information about the School of Pharmacy, visit http://www.pharmacy.pitt.edu.