Natural Medicines Research

Natural Medicines Research FELLOWSHIP

About the Fellowship Program

The Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice at Creighton University offers a unique 2-year research fellowship program with an emphasis in natural medicines research. As a research fellowship, up to 75% of the program is dedicated to research. The remaining 25% focuses on clinical practice in the area of drug information and evidence-based practice. The program offers an intensive, rewarding experience developing research skills related to natural medicines, dietary supplements and alternative health practices. The fellow will gain experience primarily in the area of research synthesis including systematic review and meta-analysis. There will also be opportunities for experiences in the areas of survey design, educational research, medication policy, drug information, evidence-based practice, grant writing, teaching, medical/scholarly writing, and others.

Fellowship Site

The Natural Medicines Research Fellowship is housed in the Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice at Creighton University. This facility is a 2000-sq.-ft. office space located within the Health Sciences Library.

  • Duration: 24 months (July 1 to June 30)
  • Stipend/Benefits: $45,000 annually plus health benefits
  • Academic Appointment: Instructor of Pharmacy Practice

Fellow Qualifications

The fellow should hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree before the start of the program and be eligible for licensure in Nebraska. Previous pharmacy work experience or a residency in pharmacy practice is preferred, but not required. Demonstrated ability to communicate proficiently in writing and verbally is required.

Fellowship Experiences

The Natural Medicines Research Fellowship program offers three core experiences: 1.) research, 2.) drug information clinical practice, and 3.) teaching.

  • Research. The fellow will spend 75% or more time working in the area of research. The fellow will work collaboratively on research projects conducted through the Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice with a focus on natural medicines, dietary supplements and alternative health practices. A variety of research opportunities are available in the areas of meta-analysis and systematic review, drug information and medication policy, scholarship of teaching and learning, and others. The fellow may also have the opportunity to work with researchers outside the Center including those in the Cardiac Center, the Osteoporosis Research Center, or in other Creighton University-affiliated Centers and laboratories. The Fellow will complete a minimum of two independent research projects and well as serve as a co-investigator on other research projects with Center faculty. The fellow will gain experience developing grant proposals, research project proposals, project planning and implementation, data collection and analysis, and development of scholarly manuscripts.
  • Drug Information Consultation Service. The fellow will become a competent practitioner in the area of drug information clinical practice by participating in the day-to-day operations and management of the drug information consultation service. This is a core competency that is emphasized throughout the duration of the program. The fellow will provide evidence-based drug information consultations to health care professionals, working independently or collaboratively with Doctor of Pharmacy rotation students. This experience requires the fellow to become proficient in evaluating and synthesizing large bodies of medical literature, complex medical decision making, and making clinical recommendations. A thorough understanding and skill in literature evaluation and evidence-based practice principles is required for this experience.
  • Medication Policy / Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee Support. The fellow will have the opportunity to be involved in pharmacy and therapeutics committee support work with affiliated institutions and other organizations.
  • Teaching & Education. Teaching is a core component of the fellowship in natural medicines research. The fellow will receive an academic appointment as Instructor of Pharmacy Practice. The fellow will provide extensive advanced experiential training to Doctor of Pharmacy students during their required drug information rotation. The fellow will also have opportunities to teach in a didactic setting in for the course Literature Evaluation & Evidence-Based Practice and other courses.

Training Programs / Certificates

  • Teaching Certificate. The fellow will participate in the required teaching certificate program offered at Creighton University. This longitudinal program will help develop foundational skills in curriculum development and teaching.
  • Evidence-Based Practice Certificate. The fellow will complete the required evidence-based practice certificate through the Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice. The program is intended to provide the foundational knowledge for evidence-based medical decision making including modules covering biostatistics, hypothesis testing, research design, developing a research protocol, and conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis.

How to Apply

Submit by email or regular mail a letter of intent, CV, three (3) letters of recommendation and Doctor of Pharmacy degree transcripts to:

Darren J. Hein, PharmD
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice
School of Pharmacy & Health Professions
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Email: darrenhein [at] creighton [dot] edu

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