The Outcomes Research Fellowship in Ambulatory Care is designed to develop independent clinical scientists in pharmacy-related outcomes and ambulatory care research. This two-year fellowship is offered jointly by Kaiser Permanente, Colorado (KPCO) and the University of Colorado (CU) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Fellows are trained in advanced research skills in an integrated healthcare delivery system and academic environment. The fellow will receive training and gain experience in:
- Grant and technical writing
- Study design and methodology
- Statistical analysis and software
- Abstract and manuscript preparation
- Presentation at scientific meetings
- Experiential and didactic education of students and residents:
- Human-subjects protection and the Institutional Review process
- Budget preparation and management
- Evaluating clinical, humanistic and economic outcomes
- Career development training
- Structured mentoring
- Access to Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute resources and training
The fellow will design, initiate, and conduct new research and contribute to on-going prospective and retrospective studies. Types of research conducted and data sources used include:
- Practice-based research
- Health services research
- Big data sources (cost, medical and pharmacy claims)
- Quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods
- Dissemination & implementation science and clinical informatics
Clinical Practice Site
The University of Colorado’s Anschutz Internal Medicine Clinic serves as the fellow’s practice site. This clinic consists of an estimated 18,000 unique patients with 32,000 visits annually. 29 attending primary care providers, including a nurse practitioner and physician assistants also staff the clinic. In addition, the clinic serves as a training site for ~28 medical residents annually. Pharmacists are well integrated into the clinic for over 5 years, providing direct patient care under collaborative practice agreements for multiple disease states, including diabetes, hypertension, chronic pain and depression. The site serves as a training site for pharmacy students, residents and fellows and offers rich research opportunities and collaborations.
Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO) will serve as a research site. KPCO is Colorado’s largest nonprofit health plan serving over 670,000 members in Denver, Boulder, Southern Colorado, Northern Colorado, and now in the mountains in Summit and Eagle counties. Members receive care in 30 ambulatory medical offices across the region, with 22 earning top level Patient-Centered Medical Home designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). KPCO employs over 7,000 staff of whom approximately 1,100 are physicians. The pharmacy department includes approximately 150 clinical pharmacists and clinical pharmacy specialists, in addition to over 600 staff (including community pharmacists) to provide comprehensive clinical and operational pharmacy services within an integrated health care delivery system.
KPCO maintains an extensive amount of member/patient data in a series of “warehouse” databases that have been validated and are available for research and analysis.
University of Colorado
The University of Colorado (CU) Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class research center dedicated to training clinical scientists in a variety of disciplines. There are over 60 clinical faculty employed by the Department of Clinical Pharmacy within the School of Pharmacy who represent expertise across a vast spectrum of patient populations in many settings. The CU campus also houses the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), which was formed when CU received a prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH. The CCTSI offers training sessions in regulatory requirements, grant writing, software, and career development opportunities. The CCTSI houses a graduate program in Clinical Sciences, which offers coursework including biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, ethics, and grant writing. Additionally, the CCTSI has a dedicated center on biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design to provide statistical support. CU also houses the Health Sciences Library, which is supported by a staff of 40 librarians and para-professionals. In addition to a print journal and book collection, staff members have off-campus access to greater than 30,000 online journals, hundreds of electronic books, and additional resources such as MEDLINE and Web of Science.
Major academic center. Opportunities
- CU academic appointment and associated tuition, health, and vacation benefits
- Tuition for graduate coursework
- Professional development funds
- Access to KPCO/CU online resources
- Doctor of Pharmacy degree,
- Completion of a PGY1 (PGY2 or Master's preferred), and
- Eligible for licensure in Colorado.
Interested applicants should electronically submit:
- A letter of intent (explaining why a research fellowship is desired and provide a description of research interests),
- Curriculum vitae, and
- Two letters of reference to Sheila Botts and Katy Trinkley.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and offers will be extended as highly qualified applicants are identified.
Contact Sheila Botts and Katy Trinkley, or current/past fellows with additional questions.