Postdoctoral Research Associate, Henry A. Palmer Fellowship in Pharmacy Practice Transformation

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Henry A. Palmer Fellowship in Pharmacy Practice Transformation
Job ID: 2019117
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Posting

Henry A. Palmer, PhD, served as a beloved professor of pharmacy practice at UConn for nearly 40 years. In 2010, The UConn Foundation established the Henry A. Palmer Endowed Professorship in Community Pharmacy Practice with generous donations from over 225 former students, colleagues, and friends of Dr. Palmer. In 2011, Marie Smith, PharmD, was named the first Palmer endowed professor to support her work in: (1) new and collaborative practice models that integrate pharmacists in primary care medical homes (PCMHs), accountable care organizations (ACOs), and community-health teams; (2) ambulatory care health services research on medication use, quality, and safety; and (3) state and federal-level policy initiatives in health care delivery and practice transformation.

The Palmer Fellowship provides a unique learning experience that allows the fellow to: (1) apply clinical and pharmacy practice knowledge, and (2) make practical contributions to health care delivery change management processes and practice transformation considerations for emerging care delivery models (PCMHs, ACOs, community-based health teams).

The fellow will be actively mentored by the fellowship preceptor, Dr. Marie Smith, doing scholarly work to integrate pharmacists within ambulatory or primary care health care teams; advance practical workflows for medication use and safety processes; evaluate the impact of medication management services at the patient and practice-level; and disseminate findings to inform sustainable, evidence-based, medication management practices.

The fellow will be expected to undertake a wide array of responsibilities with Dr. Smith that include didactic and experiential teaching, practice-based/health services research projects, and health care transformation policy development/evaluation.

Program Components and Schedule

The fellowship requires a commitment of 12 months starting in a June/July timeframe and will be primarily based in Storrs, CT. The program components and schedule can be tailored to the individual based on their pharmacy training, academic work, prior experience in providing direct patient care; health services research projects; and scholarly work with grants, publications, and presentations. The fellow will engage in study design, grant writing, protocol management, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparations, as well as formal and informal presentations. The program can include academic courses in health services research, completion of a certificate program in public policy or public health, or skill-development workshops/seminars. Some travel may be required to academic courses or practice-based research sites within the state.


Completion of a PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy; successful completion of a PGY1 pharmacy residency (ambulatory care, geriatrics, primary care, or family medicine) or equivalent direct patient care experience; demonstration of strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills; demonstration of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills; an ability to work on projects independently with attention to deadlines; demonstrated experience of working in a team-based environment and building collegial relationships with mentors, professional colleagues, and students; and be licensed as a pharmacist in Connecticut by July 1, 2019.


Successful completion of a PGY2 residency in ambulatory care, geriatrics, primary care, or family medicine; program implementation experience; management or business administration experience; demonstrated pharmacy practice and scholarship experience in PCMHs or ACOs; prior experience with health services research; scholarly portfolio (publications, presentations, contracts, grants) that demonstrates success in conducting health services research in ambulatory care settings.


This is a full-time, one-year appointment, with an anticipated start date of July 5, 2019; the expected end date (contingent on funding, fellow's performance, and academic mission) is July 2, 2020. The successful candidate's primary appointment will be at the University of Connecticut main campus in Storrs. The Fellow will receive an annual salary of $48,432, a health benefits package, 2 weeks of vacation time, and additional time off for professional development (attending professional conferences or educational programs, presenting research) or for interviews.


Applicants must submit applications online at UConn Jobs,, Staff Positions. Please include the following: (1) a letter of intent explaining your interest in the fellowship and how it would contribute towards your personal and professional goals; (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a copy of transcripts.

Letters from at least three professional references should be sent directly to

Marie Smith, PharmD

University of Connecticut

School of Pharmacy

69 N. Eagleville Rd, Unit 3092

Storrs, CT 06269-3092

Finalists will be interviewed at UConn in February 2019 and all related travel costs will be at the applicant's own expense. The successful candidate is expected to be announced in March 2019.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2019117)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 20, 2019.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations





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Posted: 12/1/2018
Application Due: 1/7/2019
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