Postdoctoral Programs

A variety of postgraduate training opportunities exist for graduates of Doctor of Pharmacy programs and Doctor of Philosophy programs. At the current time, the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State University offers research fellowships in a number of specialty areas. The department is currently exploring the feasibility of a graduate degree (MPH, MBA, Ph.D.) program.


As defined by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, a pharmacy fellowship is a "directed, highly individualized postgraduate program designed to prepare the participant to become an independent researcher." Individuals with postgraduate fellowship training are highly sought after for positions in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.
The Department of Pharmacy Practice offers fellowship training in a number of specialty areas including infectious diseases and diabetes research.

Health Systems Outcomes Research (Clinical)

The Department of Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State University EACPHS in partnership with Ascension St. John Hospital offers a health systems outcomes fellowship. Formalized training in conjunction with the WSU Master of Public Health Program will be provided. Research will focus on health system level outcomes in the state of Michigan and nationally across Ascension Health. The fellow will have the opportunity to teach at WSU and provide research mentorship to pharmacy practice residents. Our mission is to improve the quality of healthcare on a state and national level by using data to drive health decisions.

The fellow will be responsible for 2-3 research proposals and at least 1 grant application over the course of the fellowship along with development of a database of 450 DOAC patients in collaboration with the Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative (MAQI). The fellow will also co-lead 1-2 system level initiatives at Ascension Health. Fellows will present their research at state and national meetings. A variety of designs will be utilized to address health outcomes on a state and national level. Data will come from registries or health system level data; observational research will be the primary methodologic approach. Research will involve advanced statistical techniques such as regression, survival analysis, propensity matching, and other approaches dependent upon the research objective. Training on conducting advanced statistical analysis will be provided.

At WSU, the fellow will develop two learning experiences and lead a small group of students in a problem-based learning course. Fellows will enroll in the Public Health Certificate Program and take Biostatistics I and II and Epidemiology I.  This will be optional if similar training has already been completed. Fellows may also enroll in the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. There are no credit hour charges for coursework in either the Public Health Certificate or MPH degree when enrolled in the fellowship training program. After completion, fellows will be prepared to improve outcomes in health systems on a state and national level. Fellowships will be completed over 1-2 years depending on prespecified goals of the fellow.

Program director
Christopher Giuliano, Pharm.D., M.P.H.

Additional Faculty Resources and Collaborators
Stephanie Edwin, Pharm.D. Cardiac ICU Pharmacy Specialist. Ascension St. John Hospital. Dr. Edwin chairs national Ascension committees and publishes frequently on a variety of cardiology related topics with a focus on critical illness and anticoagulation.
Paul Kilgore, M.D., M.P.H. Associate Professor of Pharmacy & Medicine, Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Kilgore's focus is on public health issues and will lead the identification of grant opportunities.

$40,716; full medical benefits

Other opportunities

  1. Weekend staffing opportunity if desired as a paid PRN clinical pharmacist
  2. Teaching certificate available through WSU

Application process

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Transcripts
  4. Two letters of reference

Start date is July 1, 2022. Applications due no later than January 8, 2022. - UPDATE. PGY1 training or prior work as a pharmacist is preferred but not necessary. Please have references email directly; applications should also be submitted via email.

Meijer-Wayne State University Community-based Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Residency

Meijer Inc. Pharmacy, in partnership with the Wayne State University (WSU) Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS) offers a unique, clinically-focused community-based PGY1 residency training program. The program is housed at Meijer Pharmacy #188 in Livonia, about 15 miles west of the WSU campus. Focused on providing and researching advanced patient care services, the residency is designed to foster well-rounded clinical pharmacists practicing at the top of their license in various community settings.

Learn more:

Questions? Contact Assistant Professor (Clinical) Joseph Fava at 313-993-7517 or

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy and Antimicrobial Stewardship

The PGY2/3 ID Pharmacy Fellowship in Antimicrobial Stewardship is jointly supported by Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital. The program is designed to develop research, clinical, and academic skills to prepare pharmacists for leadership roles in antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases pharmacy in academic settings. The fellow's research is directly engaged in the clinical mission of Henry Ford Hospital pharmacy and stewardship programs and serves a patient population representing a diverse range of infections, antimicrobial resistance, and social determinants of health. Fellows engage in the teaching mission of Wayne State University and participate in additional research training opportunities with faculty mentors at the university. Fellows also have the opportunity to complete didactic coursework in public health. Graduates of the program have continued on to successful careers as full time faculty and antimicrobial stewardship leaders in academic medical centers. This fellowship program is co-directed by Interim Associate Dean Susan Davis and Clinical Assistant Professor Michael Veve

To learn more, visit the program website

Anti-Infective Research Laboratory

Two fellowship programs in the Anti-infective Research Laboratory are available: Infectious Diseases: Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics and Infectious Diseases Health Outcome.  Requirements:  Pharm.D. M.D. or Ph.D.,  residency or equivalent post-graduate clinical experience.  Two-three year fellowship sponsored by Wayne State University.  Track # 1 Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamics (PK/PD): Antibiotic modeling for dose exposure optimization including combination therapy to improve patient efficacy, safety and reduce the emergence of resistance, training includes laboratory instruction including microbiological & PK/PD modeling, instrument training, practical experience in translational clinical research. Track # 2 ID Health Outcomes, applied health epidemiology and outcomes assessment training and practical experience in clinical translational research including antimicrobial stewardship. Both tracks involve advanced didactic coursework including biostatistics, epidemiology (Public Health certificate and MPH degree tracks available, tuition paid), grant writing, abstract presentation and manuscript publication training. Experience in student clinical training and classroom lectures is also available.

To get involved in the ARL, contact Professor Michael J. Rybak at 313-577-4376 or

Translational Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory

Assistant Professor Christine Rabinak is currently accepting postdoctoral research fellows into her Translational Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory. Minimum qualifications include a highly motivated individual with a recently obtained (within the past 2 years) PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology), MD, or MD/PhD, or comparable degree. Experience designing and conducting Pavlovian fear conditioning studies and/or working with clinical populations of fear-based disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder) is highly desirable. Candidates are further required to have a strong record of research accomplishments and publications, including presentations of scientific results at national meetings and original research publication(s) in peer-review journals, an ability to work in a team environment, as well as, good oral and written communication skills. Duties will consist of, but are not limited to, designing, performing, and analyzing studies that investigate the role of the cannabinoid system in aversive learning and memory, aide, supervise, design, and execute experiments pertaining to the lab's area of research (emotion and posttraumatic stress disorder). The Fellow will participate in the writing of manuscripts and grants, presenting data at national and international meetings, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in the lab. The Fellow will be expected to develop their own ideas within the scope of the lab.

For more information, visit the TNP2 website or contact Rabinak at 313-577-9875 or

Resident Teaching Certificate Program

The Department of Pharmacy Practice, in conjunction with post-graduate residency programs in metropolitan Detroit, offers a program designed to provide PGY1 and PGY2 residents an opportunity to gain teaching experience and improve teaching skills.  The program has 3 major components:  attending monthly teaching seminars, teaching experiences (classroom and precepting) and development of a teaching philosophy and portfolio.  

Interested residents or residency coordinators should email Francine Salinitri, director of experiential education, at