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Research and Scholarship Academy Graduates
Graduates of the Research and Scholarship Certificate Program, 2019 ACCP Annual Meeting

The Research and Scholarship Certificate Program is an educational program aimed at developing basic clinical research and scholarly abilities. The program integrates research theory with practical applications while involving the participant in scholarly work early in the curriculum. Participants will be challenged to explore individual professional research and scholarly activity goals in order to make the experience as relevant as possible within their respective professional contexts.

A goal of the ACCP Foundation and ACCP is to advance clinical pharmacy and pharmacotherapy through support and promotion of research and research training. The College believes that one of pharmacy’s societal responsibilities is to generate and disseminate new knowledge about pharmacotherapy. This responsibility includes the conduct of translational and clinical research and the translation of research results into practice-based applications. The Research and Scholarship Certificate Program is designed to contribute to this mission. The primary target audience for the Research and Scholarship Certificate Program is residency-trained clinical pharmacists who practice in a setting where involvement in research and scholarly activity is an expectation of their position. Although most of these clinical pharmacists will hold clinical faculty appointments with a school or college of pharmacy, individuals working in hospitals, community pharmacies, managed care organizations, or other settings may also be involved in research and scholarship.



The Research and Scholarship Certificate Program curriculum includes 20.0 hours of core modules and 4.0 hours of elective programming. Elective opportunities allow participants to explore several related goals including developing a business plan, establishing leadership skill, consulting, precepting students and trainees in selected practice settings, and developing telemedicine. The core modules consist of the following:

  • Required Live Modules (In-Person [Annual Meetings] or Virtual)
    • Prerequisite Module: Research Primer (4 hours)
      Offered in conjunction with ACCP’s Annual Meeting
    • Module No. 1: Research Basics (4 hours)
      Offered in conjunction with ACCP’s Annual Meeting
    • Module No. 2: Statistical Issues (4 hours)
      Delivered during the ACCP Academy virtual programming
    • Module No. 3: Extending Your Research Tool Kit (4 hours)
      Delivered during the ACCP Academy virtual programming
    • Module No. 4: Regulatory and Ethical Issues (4 hours)
      Delivered during the ACCP Academy virtual programming
  • Electives (minimum of 4.0 hours)

A total of 24.0 hours is required to complete the program. For complete information on each module’s learning objectives, pre-assignments, and portfolio activities, consult the Research and Scholarship Certificate Program syllabus. Each participant will be given two years to complete the certificate program from the time of enrollment.

Program Completion Deadline
The ACCP Academy requires all enrollees to complete the program within two years enrollment in the Research and Scholarship Academy certificate program.

To be eligible for graduation, enrollees must complete the required modules and electives. In addition, all portfolio assignments should be completed by August 1 of the year of graduation.

Certificate Requirements

To qualify for graduation, Research and Scholarship Certificate Program participants must complete required reading, 20.0 hours of required modules and 4.0 hours of electives. Participants must attend the Prerequisite Module: Research Primer prior to receiving credit for any other required modules. The remaining required modules can be taken in any order.

In addition to completing the 20.0 hours of required modules and 4.0 hours of elective modules, each participant must develop and maintain an online electronic portfolio via the online system developed and maintained by ACCP. The electronic portfolio will serve as the guiding and monitoring tool for professional advancement over the course of the program. Portfolio development will be initiated following the completion of the prerequisite module. Completion of the assigned portfolio activities will be required within six months of taking the module and prior to participating in the next module. All portfolio assignments must be completed by August 1st of the year intended for graduation.

For more information about the certificate requirements, accessing the portfolio and required reading, view the syllabus.

Enrollment and Program Costs

To enroll into the Research and Scholarship Certificate Program, enroll online or download the enrollment form. Fees for the Research and Scholarship Certificate Program have been established with today's institutional budget in mind. . A one-time application fee of $399.95 for members and $699.95 for nonmembers (to offset expenses for online portfolio maintenance) will be charged upon enrollment in the program. Your enrollment fee includes access to all programming requirements virtually including the prerequisite module, modules 1, 2, 3, and 4, and electives. All programming will be delivered live via Zoom and recordings made available to participants in your ACCP Account.

Three-Month Grace Period: Required and elective programming completed three months before enrollment, will apply towards the certificate.

Questions? Visit the FAQs page or contact Wendy Staab.


Michael E. Ernst, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCGP (Director)

Michael E. Ernst, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCGP

Dr. Ernst is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and in the Department of Family Medicine, Carver College of Medicine. He provides collaborative patient care in the Family Medicine clinic and in the UI Geriatric Assessment Clinic, and he is involved in the interdisciplinary education of students from the UI Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine and medical residents and fellows in the Family Medicine training program. In 2016, Dr. Ernst was among the first group of pharmacists to achieve the Certified Hypertension Specialist designation. Dr. Ernst’s research focuses in hypertension, and geriatrics; since 2010 he has served on the core leadership team of the internationally-conducted ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) and ASPREE-eXTension (ASPREE-XT) studies.

Gary L. Cochran, Pharm.D.

Gary L. Cochran, Pharm.D.

Gary L. Cochran is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He received a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska in 1991, a Pharm.D. degree from UNMC in 1997, and an M.S. degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. He completed a pharmacy practice residency and a pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research fellowship at UNMC in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

Cochran’s research objective is to improve the safety and quality of rural health care through advancing and disseminating knowledge that will affect both clinical care and health policy. His current research evaluates the effectiveness of medication use systems and health information technologies to improve health care safety and quality.

Sandra L. Kane-Gill, Pharm.D., FCCP

Sandra L. Kane-Gill, Pharm.D., FCCP

Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM, FCCP, is Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has secondary appointments in the School of Medicine in the Clinical Translational Science Institute, Department of Critical Care Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Informatics. She also serves as Professor for the Center for Critical Care Nephrology and Center for Medical Machine Learning. In addition to her academic appointments, Dr. Kane-Gill is Critical Care Medication Safety Pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the Department of Pharmacy Dr. Kane-Gill’s is an NIH funded research whose interests focus on the assessment of clinical, economic and quality outcomes for critically ill patients. Her goal is build a pharmacovigilance program to identify effective approaches for the detection, prevention, and management of medication errors and adverse drug events as to improve quality of care and patient safety. She led several pharmacopidemiology evaluations that improved patient safety surveillance systems, prevented medication errors and adverse drug events (ADEs) and used health information technology (clinical decision support, telemedicine, simulation) to improve services

Jacqueline McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Jacqueline McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Jacqueline McLaughlin received her B.S. degree in biological engineering from North Carolina State University, her M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis, and her Ph.D. degree in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University. She spent 1 year as a postdoctoral fellow with the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment (OSPA) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and currently serves the school as an associate professor of educational innovation and research and as the director of CIPhER (Center for innovative Pharmacy Education Research). McLaughlin has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers about higher education and the health professions. She leads educational research about and across the continuum of education, including admissions, classroom engagement, experiential learning, and extracurricular activities.

McLaughlin is involved in educational research that examines relationships between student characteristics, engagement, and performance during a curriculum. Her research experience and interests extend across the context of admissions, classroom engagement, experiential learning, and extracurricular activities.

Daniela Moga, Ph.D.

Daniela Moga, Ph.D.

Dr. Moga is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science, and Epidemiology at University of Kentucky. She currently serves as Larry H. Spears Endowed Chair in Pharmacogenetics and Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Moga's areas of interest include geriatric pharmacoepidemiology and health outcomes research. Currently, her focus is on evaluating the use and health effects of potentially inappropriate medications by older adults with multiple comorbid conditions. In addition, Dr. Moga's research aims at developing interventions to deprescribe inappropriate medications and optimize treatment in older adults. Dr.Moga currently serves as PI for a large study evaluating the effect of a patient-centered medication therapy management team intervention aiming to bolster cognitive reserve by increasing medication appropriateness in older adults, “INtervention for Cognitive Reserve Enhancement in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s Symptomatic Expression: The INCREASE study

Margie E. Snyder, Pharm.D., MPH, FCCP

Margie E. Snyder, Pharm.D.,  MPH, FCCP

Dr. Margie E. Snyder is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Snyder completed her Doctor of Pharmacy, PGY-1 community pharmacy residency, Master of Public Health, and community practice research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Her scholarship is focused on community pharmacist practice advancement. Her expertise is in collaboration with practice-based research networks (PBRNs) and the application of qualitative and mixed-methods. She founded and directs a community pharmacy PBRN (Rx-SafeNet). Dr. Snyder has been almost continuously federally funded since 2010, first receiving a KL2 award from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, followed by K08, R21, and R18 awards from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Her total extramural funding support to date equals approximately $2.5 million as a Principal Investigator and she has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2021, she was appointed as a standing member to the NIH Organization and Delivery of Health Services study section for a 4-year term. She has also served as an ad hoc reviewer on several study sections for the NIH and AHRQ. Dr. Snyder has been active in ACCP for over 10 years and was recognized as a Fellow in 2017.

Diana M. Sobieraj, Pharm.D., FCCP

Diana M. Sobieraj, Pharm.D., FCCP

Diana M. Sobieraj is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island and subsequently completed a pharmacy practice residency at Hartford Hospital/University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Dr. Sobieraj’s scholarly interests focus on comparative effectiveness and health outcomes research where she has over 2.5 million dollars of funded research and more than 60 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, including journals such as JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Her primary work is in systematic review and meta-analysis resulting in several publications that have served as the evidence base for clinical practice guideline development in the United States. Dr. Sobieraj’s research has been recognized and awarded the 2018 ACCP New Investigator Award and the 2019 ASHP Drug Research Literate Award. She is a preceptor in the UConn Health Outcomes Fellowship Program and for the PGY-1 Residency Program at Hartford Hospital where she serves as a research advisor and preceptor for an academic rotation. Diana also serves as a member of the UConn IRB.

Jeremy Thomas, Pharm.D.

Jeremy Thomas, Pharm.D.

Jeremy Thomas is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy. He has provided clinical services in various primary care clinics in Arkansas and previously in Tennessee. As faculty in the UAMS Center for Implementation Research, he has worked to integrate pharmacist services into primary care practices through research as well as partnering with the Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Primary Care Department on its patient-centered medical home programs. His current research interests include telehealth-delivered clinical pharmacist services.


Other Resources

In addition to the Research and Scholarship Certificate Program of the ACCP Academy, ACCP also offers these additional research and scholarship resources.

Books of Interest
Check out the ACCP Bookstore for member discounts on various research references as well as to guide you toward your full research and scholarship potential.

Guide to Mentoring
To aid your mentoring experience, review the article “A Guide to Mentoring—and to Being Mentored” written by Robert E. Smith, Pharm.D., Chair of the ACCP Academy Leadership and Management Steering Committee. A sample mentor request letter is provided.

ACCP Foundation
The ACCP Foundation’s mission is to advance pharmacotherapy through support and promotion of research, training and educational programs.
Learn more about how the ACCP Foundation is continuing its commitment to uncompromising excellence in scholarship, education and research, while expanding the impact of clinical pharmacy professionals across the entire health care community.