Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging Geriatic Pharmacotherapy Fellowship

This two-year fellowship provides advanced training for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) graduates interested in pursuing a career in the field of geriatric pharmacotherapy.

Program Description:

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is offering a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in geriatric pharmacotherapy housed at the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging. Under the close direction, instruction and supervision of a qualified investigator-mentor, the fellow receives a highly, individualized learning experience. A fellowship graduate will be capable of independently and collaboratively conducting research and functioning as a principal investigator.

The goals of the Lamy Center Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Fellowship are to:

  1. provide a minimum of 3,000 hours of mentored research and clinical experience by established faculty in preparation for a career in geriatric drug therapy research and academia;
  2. develop and refine research skills such as grantsmanship, abstract preparation and presentation at professional meetings, manuscript critiquing, preparation and submission;
  3. provide opportunity for academic teaching experience (e.g. didactic, experiential); and
  4. demonstrate the value of sustainable clinical pharmacy services provided through the Lamy Center.

Research emphasis areas include, but are not limited to, translational research, pharmaco-epidemiology and health economics and outcomes research. Graduate level courses within aging, biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trials and health services research are offered through the University of Maryland. Fellows are encouraged to frontload course enrollment during the first year of the fellowship to enable application of advanced skills and knowledge during the second fellowship year. Demonstration of research knowledge and skills will be a necessary component of successful fellowship completion.

Fellows undergo a highly, individualized experience guided by an initial joint evaluation with the Fellowship Director.  A structured, formal self-evaluation and discussion with the Fellowship Director occurs at regular intervals (i.e., no less frequently than every 3 months) throughout the program. The Fellow’s progress is evaluated based on the individualized program objectives established at the beginning of the fellowship.   Evaluation of the Fellow’s performance is based on such things as: posters and/or oral presentations at national meetings, seminars, research projects executed, manuscripts submitted or published, presentation skills, communication skills, professionalism, ability to evaluate scientific literature, research skills and time management. Provision of clinical services is evaluated by patient and colleague satisfaction and reported outcomes. The Fellow has the opportunity to openly evaluate the Fellowship Director and other program mentors every 3 months to assure that the program is meeting the Fellow’s needs for successful skill development.

Training Environment:

The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging of the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy, is dedicated to improving medication therapy for aging adults through innovative research, education and clinical initiatives. The Lamy Center has a legacy of training pharmacy and other health profession’s students to meet the needs of an aging population. The Lamy Center promotes safe medication use through education (e.g., outreach programs, caregiver and patient educational materials), continuing education and clinical programs (e.g., high risk medication assessments and monitoring).  Research initiatives aim to produce new scientific knowledge using state-of-the-art data and methods that have practical applications in improving access to and outcomes of pharmaceutical care for older adults. Educational programs prepare trainees to function as part of an interprofessional geriatrics care team and be adept at managing a broad range of health and medication issues that impact older adults at home and in a variety of care settings. Clinical initiatives advance the role of pharmacists as part of the interprofessional geriatrics care team through the provision of sustainable clinical services that improve the lives of older adults.

Resource programs available through the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy provide innovative care, education and research advances that make a difference in the lives of citizens in the state of Maryland and beyond. The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging is a partnership between the Departments of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS).

Faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science improve health care through innovation, collaboration, and advocacy in pharmacy education, practice, and research. The department’s 40 faculty members have over $14.9 million in grants and contracts and had over 35,000 patient encounters providing clinical services in specialties areas such as cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS, mental health, diabetes, geriatrics, and palliative care in both ambulatory and acute care settings. These practitioners have pioneered new roles for pharmacists in advanced clinical practice roles by supporting and teaching patients, students, residents, and health care practitioners regarding the best use of medicines. The department’s research initiatives address clinical studies for unmet needs and the development of clinical tools to maximize therapeutic success, health disparities, medication use, and best practices to prevent and treat a variety of diseases. In addition, clinical science research activities focus on gaining a better understanding of drug efficacy and delivery to support policy development. The Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) provides valuable information on the economic costs and public policy issues that arise once drugs and therapies have been made available to the public.

Fellows will have access to state-of-the-art facilities to conduct research and clinical geriatric pharmacy practice at the MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Center for Successful Aging.  Access to the University of Maryland medical library and computer facilities is provided.

Fellowship Preceptor Qualifications:

A clinical scientist with an established and on-going record of independent research accomplishments and geriatric pharmacotherapy expertise is the principal preceptor and Fellowship Director. Other Fellowship Preceptors include established clinical scientists and preceptors with advanced clinical research and practice skills and a focus in geriatric practice.

Fellowship Director

Dr. Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP is the Executive Director of The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging and Professor of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.  After completing her Pre-Pharmacy/biochemistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Brandt obtained her doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and her Master in Business Administration, focus in Healthcare Management with the Towson University/University of Baltimore. The focus of her work in geriatric pharmacotherapy has been to improve medication therapy and management for aging adults. She has actively led the development and refinement of Medication Therapy Management Programs for the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid, is a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Geriatric Measurement Advisory Panel and the Institute for Health Improvement.  Her geriatric practice expertise has been recognized through certifications as a Geriatric Pharmacist, and Psychiatric Pharmacist, and fellowship status within the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP).  Nicole is finishing her presidency term for ASCP where she is currently Chair of the Board.

Collaborating Preceptors

Linda Simoni-Wastila, BSPharm, MSPH, PHD is Professor and Parke-Davis Chair of geriatric Pharmacotherapy in the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Department (PHSR), University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (SOP). She also serves as Director of Policy and Research in the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging. Dr. Simoni-Wastila earned her BS (Pharmacy) and Master of Science in Public Health (Health Policy) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD in Health Policy from the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she was also a Pew Health Policy Fellow. Her current research focuses on the quality and outcomes associated with prescription medications utilized by vulnerable populations: older adults, the disabled, and those with mental and/or substance use disorders. In particular, she focuses on clinical, policy, and health services aspects of prescription drug use, misuse, and abuse, as well as psychopharmacological medication use. For over twenty years, Dr. Simoni-Wastila has conducted health services research with a focus on pharmaceutical health policy.

Chanel Whittaker, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, FASCP is the Director of Education and Training Programs in The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging and an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and completed two years of residency training. The first year was with Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region and a second-year specialty residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. She recently completed a one-year program in ethnogeriatrics with the Stanford Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Whittaker is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Geriatric Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.

George Hennawi, MD is the Director of the department of Geriatrics at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Hennawi completed his residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and fellowship at the University of Virginia and then returned to work at MedStar where he developed the Center for Successful Aging. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.  Dr. Hennawi was named a "Top Doc" in Baltimore Magazine for Geriatric Medicine and has always had a passion and commitment for caring for the aging. He developed a unique model of care which he built into the Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan. The Center is a place where patients receive comprehensive care and all age-related issues can be addressed from medical conditions to balance and gait to social needs. His goal in caring for the patients is to improve their quality of life and empower patients to become an integral part of the direction and decision-making regarding their care. The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Fellow collaborates with Dr. Hennawi and others member of the interprofessional team at the Center for Successful Aging.

Fellowship Experiences

Over the course of the two-year fellowship program, research fellows will participate in and lead research projects in the Lamy Center.  Ideally, the Fellow will initiate and complete at least one original research project.  However, participation in several projects in various stages of completion can allow the Fellow to obtain extensive experience in:

  1. development of at least one scientific hypothesis;
  2. development of experimental methods to test the developed hypothesis;
  3. preparation of a protocol and submission of the protocol to the appropriate institutional review committee, (i.e., Human Rights’, Animal Rights’);
  4. grantsmanship, including identification of appropriate funding sources for a specific project – and the preparation and submission of a grant for extramural funding consideration;
  5. study design and coordination including data collection;
  6. development of the statistical plan of analysis;
  7. data analysis and interpretation;
  8. development of clinical, laboratory, and/or computer-based research skills as appropriate to the specific project and geriatric pharmacotherapy;
  9. abstract preparation and submission to a national, peer-reviewed meeting;
  10. presentation of research at peer-reviewed scientific meetings;
  11. manuscript preparation and submission for publication in peer-reviewed journals appropriate for geriatric pharmacotherapy;
  12. participation in journal clubs, research workshops and seminar series;
  13. instruction in biomedical science ethics;
  14. preparation and delivery of at least one didactic lecture;
  15. precept pharmacy students during their geriatric clinical experience;
  16. evaluate the impact of pharmacist-directed services offered through the Lamy Center and Center for Successful Aging.

Number of Available Positions: 1

Application Process:

Applicants should possess a PharmD degree and should preferably have prior residency or equivalent experience in geriatric pharmacotherapy. Through a written essay, fellowship applicants will be required to demonstrate interest in and an aptitude for a career in geriatric clinical research. All applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae*
  • Letter of Intent*
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation*
  • Official transcript

*Electronic submissions are accepted

Application materials should be submitted by email or US mail to the program director.

The application deadline is January 1.

International students and permanent residents should contact umresfelprogram@rx.umaryland.edu before applying.

Residents who are accepted to this program will be required to come to Baltimore in advance of the July 1st start date for campus orientation; these orientation dates are not known until mid-Spring. These sessions are typically offered on select Mondays in May and June.

Program Director:

Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, CGP, BCPP, FASCP
Executive Director, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging
Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
220 Arch Street, SGO 01-125
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-1491
Fax: (410) 706-4725
Email: nbrandt@rx.umaryland.edu