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 Primary Care pharmacotherapy. Detailed information can be found below and in the brochure.
The fellowship is 2 years in length, beginning July 1 and ending June 30. The current fellowship cycle begins and ends on odd-numbered years (i.e., July 2017 to June 2019).
This fellowship program is housed at the UF Family Medicine at Main clinic in north central Gainesville, FL, approximately two miles from UF’s main campus. Approximately 23,500 patients/year are treated at this practice site, which is the fellow’s primary clinic, teaching, and research site. The Main Street clinic serves as a primary location at UF for education of pharmacy students (~18 APPE students/year), medical students (variable number per year) and Family Medicine physician residents (~10 each of PGY1, PGY2, and PGY3s). Additional clinical opportunities may be available in other affiliated clinics and in the Family Medicine inpatient service at UF Health. Additional research opportunities may be available through the local Ambulatory Care Research (ACR) network.
- 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 prior to the start date of the program)
- PGY1 or PGY2 pharmacy residency
- Board-certification (e.g., BCPS or BCACP)
Interested applicants should contact the fellowship directors prior to submission of application materials.
Required Application Materials:
- Letter of Intent (describing reasons for pursuing a fellowship, as well as clinical and research interests)
- Current Curriculum Vitae
- Three Letters of Reference
No final application submission deadline exists, but an offer may be extended as soon as an ideal candidate has been found. Thus, application materials should be submitted as early as possible in the year prior to the start of a fellowship cycle; typically this means the Fall prior to the expected start date. An onsite interview will be required.
John Gums Pharm.D., FCCP
Dr. Gums is a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida. Additionally, he holds the title of Associate Dean for Clinical and Administrative Affairs in the College of Pharmacy and Director of Clinical Research in Family Medicine at the University of Florida. He received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gums joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1985, and is actively involved in teaching in the colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the College of Pharmacy and twice was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida, Department of Family Medicine.
Steven M Smith Pharm.D., M.P.H.
Steven Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. He also serves as Associate Director for the UF Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases.
He received his PharmD degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He then completed a PGY-1 residency at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, FL. After his residency, Dr. Smith completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Family Medicine during which time he participated in the Advanced Postgraduate Program in Clinical Investigation (APPCI) and concurrently completed the requirements for a Master of Public Health. Dr. Smith joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 2011. He returned to the University of Florida in 2014.
Dr. Smith’s research is in the area of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and hypertension and is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. He also serves in several leadership roles nationally, including on the Examination Committee for the American Society of Hypertension Specialists’ Program (ASHSP) Certified Hypertension Clinician program, in several initiatives through the American Heart Association Hypertension Council, on the Board of Directors for the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control, and as a founding member of the CDC’s National Hypertension Control Roundtable.
Dr. Smith also co-directs the UF Family Medicine Pharmacy Fellowship (see link below).
Dr. Smith teaches Pharmacy & Population Health in the first year of the Pharm.D. curriculum.
Current & Past Fellows
|2019 – 2021||Christopher Piszczatoski, PharmD||Current Fellow|
|2017 – 2019||Scott Garland, PharmD||Clinical Assistant Professor, Florida State University|
|2015 – 2017||Andrew Hwang, PharmD||Assistant Professor, High Point University|
|2013 – 2015||Nicholas Carris, PharmD||Clinical Assistant Professor, University of South Florida College of Pharmacy|
|2011 – 2013||Eric Dietrich, PharmD||Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, University of Florida|
|2008 – 2011||Steven M. Smith, PharmD, MPH||Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, University of Florida|
|2006 – 2008||Shawn Anderson, PharmD||Clinical Specialist, NF/SG Veterans Affairs Health System|
|2004 – 2006||Benjamin J. Epstein, PharmD||CEO, ECIR Medical Communications|
|2002 – 2004||John Tovar, PharmD||Associate Professor & Chair, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine|
|1999 – 2001||Chris Terpening, PharmD, PhD||Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy & Medicine, West Virginia University|
|1997 – 1999||Billie Nguyen, PharmD||Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, UFHealth Jacksonville|
|1996 – 1998||Jim Lewis, PharmD||Willow Build Coordinator and Analyst (consultant), University of Washington Medical Center|
|1996 – 1998||Jerry D. Smith, PharmD||Regional Director of Pharmacy, Sacred Heart Health System|
|1995 – 1997||Jacintha S. Cauffield, PharmD||Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Palm Beach Atlantic University|
|1991 – 1992||Anne C. Wells, PharmD||System Manager, 340B Program at Catholic Health Initiatives|
|1989 – 1991||Aixa M. Rey, PharmD||Director of Pharmacy Informatics & Pharmacy Manager, Baptist Health South Florida|
Publishing in peer-reviewed journals is an expectation of all fellows. A list of peer-reviewed publications written by fellows during their time in the program can be found here. In addition, most fellows work on one or more book chapters during their tenure in the program.