Health Disparities Research 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 disparities. 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.

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. 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 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.

Statement of Respect and Dignity for All

The Health Disparities Research Fellowship program is committed to cultivating an environment where all can thrive. Our program is strengthened by including those from varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We hold ourselves accountable for creating an inclusive and nurturing learning environment, ensuring equal opportunity for all trainees. The UF College of Pharmacy and our training program are dedicated to assisting all trainees in their pursuit of excellence as they strive to achieve their personal and professional goals.

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

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 and Clinical Associate 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.

John M Allen

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

Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

John M. Allen, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP is an associate dean in the UF College of Pharmacy and a clinical associate professor at the college’s Orlando campus. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Allen joined the college in 2018. Dr. Allen’s professional areas of interest include health equity, antimicrobial stewardship in the intensive care unit, antibiotic dosing in sepsis, and treatment of multi-drug resistant infections in critically ill patients.

Dr. Allen graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL. He then completed a PGY-1 residency, followed by a PGY-2 Critical Care residency at Tampa General Hospital, in Tampa, FL. Dr. Allen is a dual board-certified pharmacist in critical care, and pharmacotherapy.

Dr. Allen is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has been appointed to committees within all of these organizations. In 2017, Dr. Allen received the prestigious honor of induction as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, which honors individuals whose achievements and contributions demonstrate personal commitment to critical care excellence, a distinction at the time of his induction bestowed upon seven pharmacists in the state of Florida.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Florida, Dr. Allen has held a variety of diverse administrative experiences including serving as a pharmacy clinical coordinator, pharmacy residency program director, and director of infectious diseases pharmacy for a 16-hospital system. In his free time, Dr. Allen enjoys watching anything with four wheels going fast, traveling, and spending time with his wife and three children.