Academic Pharmacy Fellowship Program


About the program

The Academic Pharmacy Fellowship (APF) program at the MUSC College of Pharmacy prepares pharmacists who are seeking a career in pharmacy education.  The ultimate goal is to train academic pharmacy fellows to become active faculty members at a college or school of pharmacy upon their hiring.  The program will proactively integrate the fellows in various hand-on academic domains of practice and directly interact with students, staff, faculty and administrators at the College during their professional activities.  In addition, academic fellows will inclusively participate in several at-large university activities involving the faculty. The program is also designed to make recent U.S. and international Pharm.D. graduates more competitive when they apply for residency training in the U.S. or when seeking a faculty position. 


The program is offered to U.S. and international pharmacists who have obtained a U.S. Pharm.D. degree or residency training certificate (PGY1 or PGY2). All applicants must be sponsored by a grant or organization (e.g., pharmacy or health-system organization, university, grant institute, scientific foundation, etc.) in order to cover the tuition fees and the stipend.

  • Didactic teaching
  • Practical training
  • Biostatistical analysis training
  • Outpatient & inpatient lab facilitation
  • Academic and practical student remediation
  • Course and lab coordination
  • Creation of innovative exam assessment tools and methods
  • Participation in various college of pharmacy and university committees
  • Participation in various student activities and organizations
  • Participation in outreach community activities to promote healthcare
  • Preceptor in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)
  • Collaborate in research activities (in clinical practice and academia)
  • Attend at least one professional meeting (AACP, ACCP, APhA, ASHP)
  • Design and deliver innovative / interactive educational content directed to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program students at all levels (P1 though P4).
  • Develop skills in educational training through a variety of teaching experiences including facilitating of pharmacy labs and small group active-learning environments
  • Proactive participation in selected college committees including curriculum, admissions, student professionalism, and scholastic standing & petition, etc.
  • Develop management skills and web-based interactive platforms knowledge necessary for successful course coordination
  • Provide students mentorship activities through student organizations as well as community service
  • Develop and complete an academic research project related to an academic domain
  • Develop and complete a general academic project aimed at contributing to the current MUSC COP resources in order to meet a specific need from students and/or faculty (e.g. new website section, interactive learning platforms, conferences, continuing education) 
  • Represent the MUSC COP at selected professional meetings
  • Collaborate in other research activities with other faculty members
  • Submit at least one innovative manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Submit at least one review manuscript (or case-report) to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Complete requirements for the MUSC COP Teaching Certificates (if applicable)
  • Must meet all the requirements for academic training at the Medical University of South Carolina, which will include a background check
  • International applicants must have a valid F1/OPT or H1B visa
  • NAPLEX passing score
  • Must be a graduate of a doctoral degree program (PharmD) and eligible for South Carolina state pharmacist licensure by fellowship start date. Completion of a PGY-1 and PGY-2 pharmacy residency programs is preferred (although not required)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of intent describing personal and professional goals, academic research interests, and desired clinical practice to serve as an APPE preceptor.
  • Letter of support from sponsor (e.g., Dean department chair, pharmacy director)
  • Three letters of reference that address communication skills, work ethics, clinical knowledge and abilities to work in teams  
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit professionalism and leadership skills
  • Candidates will be required to apply by the deadline and offer availabilities for an on-site interview.

Application deadlines and fees

The following deadlines and fees apply to the 2024-2025 academic year, July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025


February 16, 2024


Annual Stipend





Program faculty advisors

Dr. Kathy Chessman
Chair and Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcomes Sciences

Dr. Philip Hall

Send applications to:

Dr. Marc Lapointe, Program Director and Professor