Pharmacy Fellowship

Purpose

The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy invites applications for a postgraduate pharmacyfellow for the 2021-2023 cycle. This two-year position isdesigned to prepare the fellow for a variety of roles in academia, pharmacyleadership, and/or population health management in clinical practice sites. The fellow will gain skills for these future career opportunities through a combination of clinical experiences, project development and program implementation, with opportunitiesin research, graduate coursework, and training in pharmacy academia.

The two-yearfellowship program is structured to provide a combination of longitudinal experiences alongside shorter rotations within training focus areas. While the program will have mandatory minimum requirements for completion of the fellowship, fellows will be encouraged to collaborate with the Program Director and Faculty Advisory Committee to develop an individualized training experience to meet their learning needs.

The primary responsibilities of the pharmacy fellow include:

  1. Clinical Practice: The fellow will have the opportunity to gain clinical experience and work side-by-side with clinical faculty, PGY1 pharmacy residents, medical residents, and APPE/IPPE students in a number of settings, including:

    • Required longitudinal experience in telehealth/MTM and rural health screening services through the IPHARM program

    • Pharmacogenetics program implementation and remote consultation

    • Antimicrobial stewardship consultation services

    • Elective rural health, telehealth, and interprofessional clinical experiences

  2. Research and Scholarship: The fellow will have the opportunity to join in collaboration with faculty on the development of existing programs and research projects, in addition to working to establish their own independent research. The fellow will be encouraged to develop skills in grant-writing and seek support for their research through extramural grant funding.

  3. Teaching: The fellow will have the opportunity to develop their teaching skills through instruction in the PharmD curriculum, including facilitation of small group discussions, practical skills labs, and precepting students in clinical sites. The fellow will have faculty mentorship in development of teaching skills and the opportunity to earn a Teaching Certificate during their fellowship training.

Additionally, the fellow will have the opportunity to earn their Master in Public Health (MPH), Master of Business Administration (MBA), or other certificate within the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Public and Community Health Sciences with a University of Montana tuition waiver benefit. More information on our public health training program is available at: http://health.umt.edu/publichealth/prospective-students/program-information/default.php. The fellow will also be provided with professional development funds to assist with travel to conferences or other relevant training opportunities and certifications.

Successful candidates will have an established, exemplary record of academic performance, along with demonstrated extracurricular involvement, including leadership and service positions. Priority will be given to applicants with prior experience in relevant rural health, public health, or clear demonstrated interests in these areas. The Fellow must engage in independently-directed work in project development, and must work effectively with students and faculty collaborators.

Position Details:

The position is designed as a two-year postgraduate program, hired as a full-time 12-month Letter of Appointment with a salary of $47,500 annually, and includes a comprehensive benefits package(i.e., MUS health insurance benefits, mandatory retirement plan, and partial tuition waiver), and funding for professional development opportunities. The letter of appointment is renewablefor a second year, but non-renewable after two (2) years.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree

  2. Current Montana pharmacist license or eligibility for licensure in Montana

  3. Ability to meet all requirements for employment by the University of Montana, which will include a background check

Applicants at all levels of training will be considered for the position, including new pharmacy graduates and those completing PGY1 or PGY2 training.

Required Skills:

  1. Demonstrated ability to collaborate in team settings and engage in independently-directed work.

  2. Excellent problem-solving skills and clinical knowledge base.

  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

How to Apply:

Inquiries and application materials can be submitted directly to Fellowship Director, Hayley Blackburn, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM: hayley.blackburn@umontana.edu

Priority Application Date 2/5/2021, applications accepted on a rolling basis
Application review will begin after the date above, and continue until the position is filled. The pharmacy fellow will begin their two-year appointment no later than July 1, 2021.

Required materials include:

  1. Letter of intent outlining interest and motivations for seeking postgraduate training in this program

  2. Detailed CV

  3. Official/unofficial pharmacy school transcript

  4. Professional References - names and contact information for three(3) professional references.