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Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship

The Division of Clinical Pharmacology at IU School of Medicine is dedicated to the training of physicians in research-oriented academic clinical pharmacology. The curriculum spans a minimum of two years and is designed to generate independent investigators for careers in research, government and industry. In response to the high demand for non-physician clinical pharmacologists, PhD and PharmD applicants are also considered for admission to this fellowship.

This fellowship is one of the few in the United States funded by the National Institute of Health, certified by the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology, and a recipient of the Center of Excellence in Clinical Pharmacology grant from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’s Foundation.

Admissions

Applications are accepted from all areas of translational research; however, applications in the areas of OB/GYN, pediatrics and geriatrics are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates for NIH sponsorship must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Trainees may be eligible for $35,000 or loan reimbursement per year during their training via the NIH Clinical Research Loan Reimbursement program. Salaries are competitive and based on the NIH scale for post-graduate training.

Fellowship Training Components

Clinical

The clinical responsibilities of fellows within the program include participating in pharmacology consult service and clinical pharmacology clinical trials. These duties are an important element of the training, as they offer fellows the opportunity to experience a wide range of clinical research protocols and challenges in clinical therapeutics as well as substantial opportunities for authorship in publications. Clinical responsibilities require a defined schedule to allow research protocols to be carried out in an uninterrupted and efficient manner and for consult for the ward and the outpatient clinic to be handled efficiently. Fellows serve as the primary point-of-contact for the clinical pharmacology clinic, research studies and after-hours activities. The coverage system has two protocol-specific levels and two monthly call assignment levels with five levels of back-up to ensure the support of each fellow by division faculty.

Research

Fellows have a broad spectrum of research opportunities in outstanding clinical and informatics centers at IU School of Medicine and under the guidance of a vigorous group of well-funded faculty. Research activities of the clinical pharmacology fellowship include programs in drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogeneties, pharmacoepidemology and clinical study design. Weekly research seminars are also a part of the curriculum; these seminars cover numerous medical subspecialty programs at IU School of Medicine.

Didactics

The fellowship program involves a series of didactic classes designed to provide basic skills in clinical design, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics, biomarker assessment and development, as well as ethical issues in clinical research. Didactic courses take place within a rich academic research environment that involves the study of therapeutics in humans of all ages and ethnicities.

Journal Club

A weekly pharmacology journal club and principles in clinical pharmacology seminar are part of the Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship curriculum, allowing trainees and faculty a forum to discuss a wide variety of pharmacological issues.

For further information, contact the Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship Coordinator.