Health Equity Fellowship

Overview

This individualized fellowship is a 2-year program for pharmacists desiring to develop advanced skills in clinical practice, independent research, and teaching in the area of health equity. The program’s overarching goal is to foster an environment that develops the translational scientific skills of prospective fellows to increase competitiveness for a position in academia, community health, or a health policy environment.

Program Dates

The fellowship is 2 years in length, beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

Program Stipend

The annual fellowship stipend is benchmarked on NIH stipend levels (i.e., $53,760 in 2021). Additional benefits are available to fellows, including health insurance and retirement savings plans.

Details can be found here and here (fellows in this program are administratively classified as “Postdoctoral Associates”).

Training Site

This fellowship program is housed at the UF Research and Academic Center in Orlando, Florida, which serves as the primary site of education for PharmD students housed at the Orlando campus of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

The fellow will develop clinical expertise in caring for underserved medical communities in the Central Florida region through activities at Apopka Clinic and Knights Clinic. Additional clinical opportunities may be available in other affiliated clinics at UF Health.

Training Opportunities

The fellowship is housed through the UF College of Pharmacy Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity. The fellow would be provided with opportunities for both direct patient care and oversight of pharmacy students in direct patient care.

The fellow will have opportunities in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum to create and deliver lectures, lead case discussions, and develop test questions; develop and deliver topic discussions to APPE students; and participate in the Academic Teaching Certificate Program. Additional opportunities include lectures and leading case discussions in the community regarding health equity. The fellow will also have an opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in health equity.

The fellow also will design, initiate, and conduct new research pertinent to health equity and in line with their own research interests. Opportunities include: participation in ongoing prospective, multi-center clinical trials; retrospective observational studies using UF’s Integrated Data Repository, the OneFlorida Data Trust, or other large administrative datasets (Medicare, Medicaid, Marketscan commercial claims, etc.); and cross-sectional analyses using large national survey datasets (e.g., NHANES).

Publishing in peer-reviewed journals is an expectation of all fellows. The fellow should have excellent oral and written communication skills and will be expected to present research findings at scientific conferences, compose manuscripts, and assist in grant writing

Fellows are also eligible for tuition waivers for coursework through the UF Employee Education Program as well as a variety of other professional development programs available to UF and Health Science Center employees.

Application Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited institution
  • Florida Pharmacist license in good standing; or eligibility for such licensure. The fellow must be licensed by October 1 of their first year.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PGY1 or PGY2 pharmacy residency
  • Prior experience with data collection and research dissemination

Application Process

Interested applicants should contact the fellowship director prior to submission of application materials. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until an ideal candidate is identified.

Required Application Materials:

  • Letter of Intent (describing reasons for pursuing a health equity fellowship, as well as clinical and research interests)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Reference

All materials can be addressed to:

John M. Allen, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity and Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
University of Florida College of Pharmacy
6550 Sanger Road, Suite 422
Orlando, FL 32827

Application materials should be submitted using the electronic form below. Letters of reference should be sent electronically to: john.allen@cop.ufl.edu. An interview will be required. The projected start date for the 2021 year is July 1, 2021.

John M Allen
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

John M Allen Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP