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Program Description

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to offer a Community-based Practice Development Fellowship. This fellowship provides an opportunity for a highly motivated pharmacist, who is passionate about the advancement of community-based pharmacy, to train in a unique and progressive academic environment. This program is 12 months in duration. Two positions are available to start as early as January 1, 2020 and two positions are available to start on July 1, 2020.

Purpose Statement

The Community-based Practice Development Fellowship builds upon a pharmacist’s competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services to prepare a trainee to assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. Areas of competence emphasized during the program include safe and effective patient care services, quality improvement, and advanced leadership. The fellow will be responsible for expansion of pharmacist-provided services within a clinic transformation model. This fellowship program lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills with the expectation that, the trainee will assume leadership of patient care services in communitybased or ambulatory care practice. Successful completion of the Community-based Practice Development Fellowship will enable the fellow to obtain a clinical or operational leadership role in patient care services for a community-based or ambulatory care practice. This program will develop a dynamic entrepreneurial skill set to lead the innovative future models of pharmacy practice.

Partner Descriptions

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is a nationally recognized leader in progressive pharmacy practice, education, and research. Founded in 1897, it is the only public school of pharmacy in the state of North Carolina and one of the oldest in the nation. The School is accredited by the American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and is ranked #1 among the nation’s doctor of pharmacy programs by U.S. News & World Report. The PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program ( is one of the oldest and the largest accredited residency programs of its kind in the nation. With over 100 graduates, our residency program has prepared pharmacists to be innovative clinical practitioners who can be leaders in the profession

Rx Clinic Pharmacy

Rx Clinic Pharmacy is based in Charlotte, NC and has been independently owned and operated by Amina Abubakar, PharmD, since 2009. Rx Clinic Pharmacy operates three pharmacy locations and partners with multiple physician office practices. Rx Clinic Pharmacy enables patients and providers to experience pharmacy in a whole new way. On the community pharmacy side, their clinical pharmacists perform medication reviews on all patients to assess for drug therapy optimization and ensure quality measure achievement. In the ambulatory outpatient setting, their clinical pharmacists work in collaboration with medical providers to offer services such as annual wellness visits, chronic care management, weight-loss counseling, smoking cessation, and diabetes self-management education. Rx Clinic Pharmacy operates a URAC-accredited specialty pharmacy, provides an American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)-accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, and offers compounding and pharmacogenomics services.

Program Structure

Patient Care (70%) The fellow will provide direct patient care with an innovative partner that is revolutionizing community-based pharmacy practice. The fellow will serve as a clinical pharmacist in both community and ambulatory (outpatient) settings. Patient care services include but are not limited to: care transitions with incorporated medication reconciliation and medication management, annual wellness visits, chronic care management, behavioral health integration, remote patient monitoring, and additional collaborative care services. The fellow will conduct practice-based research on the quality of patient care provided at the site.

Leadership and Management (15%) The fellow will gain essential skills related to clinical service strategic planning and implementation. The fellow will demonstrate effective self- and time-management in daily activities. The fellow will apply personal leadership strengths through mentorship of student pharmacists and PGY1 community-based pharmacy residents and collaborations with other health care providers. The fellow will explore leadership opportunities within state and national professional associations.

Advancement of Community-based Practice and Improving Patient Care (7.5%) The fellow will drive organizational achievement of quality measures. The fellow will actively participate in medication safety systems, regulatory compliance initiatives, patient quality services, and disease outcomes programs. The fellow will develop and execute a business plan for clinical service, a collaborative practice agreement, and relevant policies and procedures for the practice site. The fellow will conduct practice-based research, including design, implementation, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination.

Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge (7.5%) The fellow will provide oral presentations and written materials (through Avant Institute) to pharmacists and other health care professionals. The fellow will provide in-service presentations to train internal team members, external team members, and community partners. The fellow will employ effective precepting and feedback to students, technicians, and other health care professionals. In collaboration with academic and practice partners, the fellow will disseminate best practices and results of practice-based research through presentation and publication.

Program Application Materials

The candidate must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, completed a PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program or equivalent experience, and is eligible for licensure in North Carolina and/or South Carolina (physician office practices are available in both states). Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled. Application materials should be emailed to the contact below and include:

  • Letter of Intent: Describe your reasons for pursuing this fellowship and how completion of this program will help achieve your career goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay: Include a response to each of the following questions (limit three pages total)
    • Articulate your vision for community-based pharmacy practice.
    • Describe your personal strengths and how you will utilize these strengths to advance the profession.
    • Describe your philosophy of practice and how this is evidenced in your daily activities.
  • References: Names and contact information for three references (references will be contacted later to provide letters of recommendation).
  • Transcript (can be sent directly to the contact below and separately from the materials above)

For questions regarding the program or application materials, please contact:

Macary Weck Marciniak, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, FAPhA
Clinical Associate Professor