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ACCP Report - July 2016

Research Institute Investigator Training Programs

FIT and MeRIT Participants
Picture caption names, from left to right:
First Row: Hart, Phan, Bagwell, Bradley, Cooper-DeHoff, Asal, Cleary, Ellingrod, Welker, Obeng, and Scarborough
Second Row: Stringer, Farris, Nightingale, Williams, Aquilante, O’Donnell, Bergman, McCune, Dowling, Steeb, and Smith
Back Row: Adams, Hawkins, Haines, Bzowyckyj, Parker, King, Holstad, Carris, Hall, Karnes, and Bishop

Twenty investigator-participants and 12 mentors teamed up for 5 days of intensive investigator development at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, June 27 – July 1.

This marked the second offering of the Research Institute’s (RI’s) Mentored Research Investigator Training (MeRIT) Program. Sixteen participants traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to attend the primer session for this individualized, 2-year longitudinal program, which is designed to mentor participants through the entire research process—from research idea and study design to IRB and funding application to data collection, results presentation, and manuscript submission.

Four Focused Investigator Training (FIT) participants attended the eighth offering of this proven, intensive, hands-on grant refinement experience for pharmacist-investigators pursuing National Institutes of Health funding as a principal investigator.

Assisted by skilled and successful research mentors, attendees concentrated on developing and revising their individual proposals throughout the week. Small-group sessions and individual work time allowed mentees to focus on their individual projects and immediately address questions and the recommended revisions. The small-group sessions were complemented by tip-rich lectures and discussions, one-on-one mentor and biostatistician appointments, and continual revision and feedback on ideas and proposals.

The 2016 MeRIT primer participants will present posters of their proposed research projects on Tuesday morning, October 25, during the ACCP Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida, October 23–26, 2016. Also on Tuesday morning, the MeRIT 2015 participants will present posters of their completed research projects. Please stop by to learn about these projects, pose questions, and offer advice to these aspiring researchers.

You may learn more about the FIT or MeRIT Program during the 2016 Annual Meeting at the RI’s Open House on Tuesday morning, October 25, or at any time on the RI website (

Watch for the summer 2017 FIT and MeRIT Program application materials on the ACCP RI website, and accelerate your growth as a clinical pharmacy researcher by submitting your letter of intent in February 2017. This type of protected time for proposal development and investigator training with experienced and passionate mentors is unmatched!

2016 FIT Investigator-Participants:

  • Nicholas Carris, Pharm.D., B.S.
    University of South Florida
  • Ronald G. Hall II, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Texas Tech University
  • Jason H. Karnes, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS
    University of Arizona
  • Ginah Nightingale, Pharm.D., BCOP
    Thomas Jefferson University

2016 FIT Faculty Mentors:

  • John D. Cleary, Pharm.D., FCCP
    St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Mississippi
  • Vicki L. Ellingrod, Pharm.D., FCCP
    University of Michigan
  • Kelley Kidwell, Ph.D.
    University of Michigan
  • Robert B. Parker, Pharm.D., FCCP
    University of Tennessee

2016 MeRIT Investigator-Participants:

  • Jessica L. Adams, Pharm.D.
    University of the Sciences
  • Nicole J. Asal, Pharm.D.
    University of Rhode Island
  • Autumn D. Bagwell, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy
  • Scott J. Bergman, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Southern Illinois University
  • Bridget Bradley, Pharm.D., BCPP
    Pacific University
  • Andrew Bzowyckyj, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE
    University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Kimberly Halton Welker, Pharm.D.
    Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
  • Nancy Borja Hart, Pharm.D., BCPS
    University of Tennessee
  • Anthony Hawkins, Pharm.D.
    University of Georgia
  • Philip K. King, Pharm.D., BCPS
    SUMMA Health System and Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Aniwaa Obeng, Pharm.D.
    Mount Sinai Hospital/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Paul O’Donnell, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Midwestern University - Chicago
  • Stephanie Phan, Pharm.D., BCPP
    University of Georgia
  • Michael A. Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS
    University of Michigan
  • David R. Steeb, Pharm.D.
    University of North Carolina
  • Charlene R. Williams, Pharm.D.
    University of North Carolina

2016 MeRIT Faculty Mentors:

  • Christina Aquilante, Pharm.D.
    University of Colorado
  • Jeffrey R. Bishop, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPP
    University of Minnesota
  • Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S.
    University of Florida
  • Thomas C. Dowling, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FCCP
    Ferris State University
  • Vicki L. Ellingrod, Pharm.D., FCCP
    University of Michigan
  • Karen Farris, Ph.D.
    University of Michigan
  • Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
    University of Maryland
  • Kelley Kidwell, Ph.D.
    University of Michigan
  • Jeannine S. McCune, Pharm.D., BCOP
    University of Washington
  • Kathleen A. Stringer, Pharm.D., FCCP
    University of Michigan

2016 PRN-Sponsored Tuition Scholarship Recipients:

Ambulatory Care:

  • Autumn Bagwell
  • Andrew Bzowyckyj
  • Nicholas Carris


  • Philip King

Critical Care:

  • Anthony Hawkins

Education and Training:

  • Stephanie Phan

Infectious Diseases:

  • Jessica Adams
  • Scott Bergman
  • Kimberly Halton Welker