Our fellows are trained in advanced research skills in an integrated healthcare delivery system and academic environment. They receive training and gain experience in:

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 rese‚Äčarch
  • Big data sources (cost, medical and pharmacy claims)
  • Quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods
  • Dissemination & implementation science and clinical informatics

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. Other staff members at the clinical include 29 attending primary care providers, including a nurse practitioner and physician assistants. In addition, the clinic serves as a training site for ~28 medical residents annually. Pharmacists have been well integrated into the clinic for more than five 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 (KPCO) will serve as a research site. KPCO is Colorado’s largest nonprofit health plan, serving more than 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 that have earned top level Patient-Centered Medical Home designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). KPCO employs more than 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 more than 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.

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 more than 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

  • 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.

  
katie-deringtonEmail: Catherine.Derington@CUAnschutz.eduKatie (Catherine) Derington grew up in Parker, Colorado and completed her undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy training with the University of Colorado. She completed a PGY1 residency with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center prior to starting her fellowship in outcomes research with the University of Colorado and Kaiser Permanente Colorado in 2017. During her fellowship, she completed a Master of Science in Clinical Science degree, became board-certified in ambulatory care, and participated in experiential and didactic teaching in addition to her research responsibilities. Her research interests include cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, pharmacoepidemiology, and leveraging biomedical informatics to advance research. In January 2019, she received a one-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award from the American Heart Association to study the effectiveness and safety of lisinopril and losartan dosed twice daily versus once daily. While finishing her funded research through the end of 2019, she will pursue research-intensive positions with academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, third-party payers, managed care organizations, or other environments that engage her passions for research and medical writing. When she isn't "phamacy-ing", she likes to play with her dogs, practice calligraphy, and watch/read/listen to true crime shows, books, and podcasts.
jessica-stineEmail: Jessica.Stine@CUAnschutz.eduJessica Stine grew up in Henderson, Nevada. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver, she went to the University of Montana pursuing a PhD in chemistry. While in graduate school, her passion for healthcare led her to their pharmacy program where she could acquire the skills needed for clinical research. Throughout pharmacy school, she developed an interest in antimicrobial stewardship and medication safety. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, curling, golfing and weaving (a few years ago, she acquired and began restoring an antique floor loom). She is very excited to be returning to the Denver area with her husband and their daughter, and is thrilled that her first adventure as a pharmacist is in the health outcomes research fellowship with the University of Colorado and Kaiser Permanente.

Information about Past Fellows:

Year(s)Research TraineeEducationResearch FocusCurrent Title
2015-2018 Lauren Heath, PharmD, MS, BCACP PharmD at the University of Michigan; PGY1 at USC; MS at University of Colorado Health outcomes of patients with mental health comorbidities in primary care Assistant Professor, University of Utah
2016-2018 Shubha Bhat, PharmD, MS, BCACP PharmD at Northeastern University; PGY1 at Boston Medical Center, PGY2 in Ambulatory care at UIC; MS at University of Colorado Evaluation of pharmacy interventions and services in primary care Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Boston Medical Center