The purpose of fellowship training programs is to develop competency and expertise in the scientific research process, including hypothesis generation and development, study design, protocol development, grantsmanship, study coordination, data collection, analysis and interpretation, technical skills development, presentation of results, and manuscript preparation and publication. A fellowship candidate is expected to possess appropriate practice skills relevant to the knowledge area of the fellowship. Such skills may be obtained through prior practice experience or completion of a residency program.
Under the close direction, instruction, and supervision of a qualified investigator-preceptor, the fellow receives a highly individualized learning experience, using the fellow’s research interests and knowledge needs as a focus for his/her education and training. Fellowships are typically offered through schools/colleges of pharmacy, academic health centers, the pharmaceutical industry, and/or specialized care institutions. A fellowship graduate should be capable of conducting independent and collaborative research and functioning as principal investigator.