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College of pharmacy and health sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Pharmacy Fellowship Programs

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The purpose of the Butler University Pharmacy Fellowship Programs is to develop the next generation of global patient safety leaders. Through the cooperation of three partners representing academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), fellows will actively participate in various aspects of pharmaceutical innovation, use optimization, and global safety.  Fellows will have the opportunity to seek specialized areas of training including, but not limited to pharmaceutical innovation, safety culture, human factors, clinical guidelines, error detection and analysis, leadership frameworks, risk mitigation strategies, supply chain security (substandard and falsified medications), and evidence-based policy.  All fellows will learn best practices in teaching and education from award-winning faculty at Butler University in addition to training with leading experts in the pharmaceutical industry and at the USFDA.  For information on the various fellowships offered through Butler University, please see below.

Fellowship Programs


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The fellow must be a graduate from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy, or otherwise eligible for licensure as a pharmacist, prior to the start of the fellowship term. All applicants must be U S citizens. Candidates who do not meet this requirement should not apply.


Fellowships Informational Webinar, September 22, 2021, 7-8:30 PM EST


 The primary objectives of the program are for the fellow to:

  • Examine career options within academic, pharmaceutical industry, and regulatory environments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of an academic environment and faculty roles within it.
  • Explore various medical and regulatory components of pharmaceutical development and innovation.
  • Develop an understanding of regulations and patient safety considerations regarding medication use.
  • Construct expertise in patient and medication safety, focusing on tools and methods to make healthcare safer.
  • Demonstrate personal, interpersonal, and teamwork skills critical for effective leadership.
  • Focus on regulatory approaches in addressing risk management and medication error related issues associated with currently marketed drug and biologic products.
  • Contribute to advancing the science of risk management and medication error prevention and analysis by applying training, learning and experience gained at Academia, Industry and FDA
  • Develop and understanding of pharmaceutical risk management tools available to assess and mitigate the risks of drug and biologic products.

Sample Fellowship Activities

Proposed activities completed as part of this program include:

  • Lecturing in courses at Butler University including “Approval to Administration: How Drugs get to Patients” and “Evidence-Based Medicine”
  • Designing new patient safety lectures and related content
  • Completing the Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program (IPTeC)
  • Participating in the Butler University Pharmacy Leadership Program (certificate program)
  • Conducting Research and exploring publication opportunities
  • Completing Individualized faculty rotations in interest areas
  • Taking advantage of professional development resources
  • Personalized mentorship and career planning activities
  • Practice-based experience in the pharmaceutical industry and USFDA
  • Providing a final report describing the findings of the research project.
  • Presenting the findings internally and externally to stakeholders as appropriate.

Program Structure

Fellowship Program Structure

Fellows will begin with the academic sector at Butler University from July – October 2022. They will then move into the industry sector, working with one of a variety of partners in the pharmaceutical industry, from November 2022 – October 2023. Finally, fellows will learn from the regulatory sector, partnering with the Food and Drug Administration from November 2023 – June 2024.

*See specific programs with application information under Fellowship Programs.

Interested applicants must submit the following:

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

 Applications will close October 31, 2021 for the 2022-2024 recruitment cycle. Please email with any questions you may have.

Fellowship Program Director Contact

John HertigJohn B. Hertig, PharmD, MS, CPPS, FASHP

Vice-Chair and Associate Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Indianapolis, IN, USA