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ACCP Report - July 2018

A Productive Week of Investigator Development

University of Michigan College of Pharmacy Class of 2018
Class of 2018
Front Row: Farris, Misher, Pruskowski, Coon, Foster, Evoy, Westerhof, Kugler, Howell
Back Row: Rodgers, Cocohoba, Dionne, Haines, Parker, Zillich, Dowling, Sherrill, Holstad, Muluneh, Leonard
Not Pictured: Kidwell

Eleven investigator-participants and nine mentors teamed up for 5 days of intensive investigator development at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, June 25–29.

This marked the fourth offering of the ACCP Research Institute (RI) Mentored Research Investigator Training (MeRIT) Program. The 5-day primer session kicked off this individualized, 2-year longitudinal program, which is designed to mentor participants throughout the research process – from research idea and study design to IRB and funding application to data collection, results presentation, and manuscript submission.

The RI’s flagship program, Focused Investigator Training (FIT), was delivered for the 10th time in 2018. FIT delivers an unparalleled, intensive, hands-on grant refinement experience for pharmacist-investigators pursuing funding from the National Institutes of Health and other similarly competitive sources as a principal investigator.

Assisted by skilled and successful research mentors, 2018 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 2018 MeRIT primer participants will present posters of their proposed research projects during the ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in Seattle, Washington, October 20–23, 2018. Also during the Global Conference, the MeRIT 2017 participants will present posters of their completed research projects. Please stop by to learn about these projects, ask questions, and offer advice to these motivated researchers.

Learn more about the FIT or MeRIT Program during the 2018 Global Conference at the RI Open House on Tuesday morning, October 23 or at any time on the RI website (

Watch for the summer 2019 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 2019. This approach to proposal development and investigator training with experienced and passionate mentors is unmatched by any other pharmacist training program.

2018 Investigator-Participants:

  • Scott Coon, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
    Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Brandon Dionne, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP
    Northeastern University
  • Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP
    University of Texas at Austin
  • David Foster, BSPharm, Ph.D.
    Purdue University
  • Crystal Howell, Pharm.D., BCPS
    University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Anne Kugler, Pharm.D., BCACP
    Western University of Health Sciences
  • Anne Misher, Pharm.D., CDE
    University of Georgia
  • Benyam Muluneh, Pharm.D., BCOP, CPP
    University of North Carolina Health Care
  • Jennifer Pruskowski, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, CPE
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Christina Sherrill, Pharm.D., BCACP
    High Point University
  • Lindsey Westerhof, Pharm.D.
    Ferris State University

2018 Faculty Mentors:

  • Jennifer Cocohoba, Pharm.D.
    University of California San Francisco
  • Thomas C. Dowling, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FCCP
    Ferris State University
  • Karen B. Farris, Ph.D.
    University of Michigan
  • Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
    University of Mississippi
  • Kelley Kidwell, Ph.D.
    University of Michigan
  • Charles E. Leonard, Pharm.D., MSCE
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Robbie Parker, Pharm.D., FCCP
    University of Tennessee
  • Jo Ellen Rodgers, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS
    University of North Carolina
  • Alan J. Zillich, Pharm.D.
    Purdue University