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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 Practice Advancement Fellowship on our Asheville Campus. This fellowship provides an opportunity for a highly motivated pharmacist who is passionate about the advancement of ambulatory care practice to complete postgraduate fellowship training. This program is 12 months in duration. One position is available with a start date of July 2021.

Purpose Statement

The Practice Advancement Fellowship program builds upon a pharmacist’s competence in the delivery of patient-centered care in outpatient settings and provides experiences in practice-based research, teaching, and advocacy to prepare a trainee to assume teaching, practice-based research, advocacy and leadership responsibilities in their future careers.  The purpose of the program is to prepare pharmacists for careers in academia.

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 as the #1 school of pharmacy in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.  The Asheville Campus was developed in 2011 to increase the School’s impact on rural health and interprofessional ambulatory care practice.

Our Asheville Campus is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and emphasizes transformative pharmacy practice.  Campus initiatives focus on innovations in the delivery of pharmacy services, community engagement and interprofessional education.  Small class sizes contribute to a “family feel” to the campus and allow for rich mentoring relationships and impactful service to the broader Asheville community.  The Asheville Campus offers a Rural Health Certificate Program and an Ambulatory Care Program for student pharmacists and collaborates with Mountain Area Health Education and Mission Health to offer PGY2 residency programs in ambulatory care, geriatrics, and the emergency department.  Learn more about The Asheville Experience at:

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is a collaboration with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, UNC School of Medicine, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Adams School of Dentistry and Western Carolina University.  This partnership was established in 2017 and builds upon the vision of the NC AHEC system to improve access to quality care in rural communities.  Learn more at:

Fellowship Program Structure

The fellow will participate in a variety of activities that contribute to their professional development including research, teaching, and advocacy.  In addition, opportunities to participate in short courses and workshops that emphasize developing new clinical services, public health, and research methods.  If the fellow has not previously completed a teaching certificate program, they will be encouraged to apply for the program offered at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

  • Research (70%)
    The fellow will serve on collaborative research teams that focus on advancing pharmacy practice.  Areas of research emphasis include diabetes prevention, hormonal contraception and the outpatient pharmacy workforce.  The fellow will disseminate best practices and results of practice-based research through presentations and publications.  The fellow will participate in short courses and workshops from NC Tracs that introduce quantitative and qualitative research methods and biostatistics.
  • Teaching (20%)
    The fellow will contribute to the development of the Ambulatory Care Scholars Program for student pharmacists, participate in didactic and experiential education in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum and support students in community engagement in the co-curriculum.   Fellows will be responsible for the full range of teaching activities including writing objectives; preparing powerpoint presentations; developing active learning techniques; and conducting assessments.  The fellow will participate in workshops offered by the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education.
  • Advocacy and Service (10%)
    The fellow will engage with regional, state, and national organizations to advocate for advancing pharmacy practice.  Fellows will be encouraged to seek appointment on a state and/or national committee that focuses on practice advancement in outpatient practice.  Opportunities exist for a small outpatient practice, if desired.

Program Application Materials

The candidate must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, completed an ASHP-Accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program (ambulatory care emphasis or community pharmacy residency preferred) or have equivalent experience, and be eligible for licensure in North Carolina.

The deadline for application materials is February 10, 2021.

Application materials should be emailed to Dean Mollie Scott (contact information below) include:

  1. Letter of Intent: Describe your reasons for pursuing this fellowship and how completion of this program will help achieve your career goals.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Essay: Include a response to the following question (limited to one page): Articulate your vision for ambulatory care pharmacy practice.
  4. References: List of 3 professional references


For questions regarding the program or to submit an application, please contact:

Mollie Ashe Scott, Pharm.D., BCACP, CPP, FASHP
Regional Associate Dean and Clinical Associate Professor
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy