Scholars Program

The Scholars Program provides enhanced curricular and leadership experiences to better prepare students interested in residency training to excel in post-graduate training.   

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Program Structure

One-on-one direct mentoring for professional growth, clinical practice, scholarship, and/or teaching. Mentors are faculty or adjunct faculty members. Students will submit a list of their top three mentor choices (either from a provided list or of their own choosing). Mentors not pre-identified will need to be approved by the Scholars Program Committee.

Modified coursework encompassing clinical, research, teaching, and leadership. 

Experiential Education
Tailored introductory (IPPE) and advanced pharmacy practice (APPE) experiences, focusing on clinical practice, scholarship, and/or teaching. Students will complete one IPPE-3 rotation, one clinical APPE rotation, and one elective APPE rotation (block or longitudinal) with their mentor.

Journal club
Students will participate in a journal club once each semester, and will be required to participate in critical assessment of two peer-reviewed manuscripts at each journal club.

Teaching activities
Students will provide service as a teaching assistant in the Pharmaceutical Care course sequence.

Students will conduct a scholarly project, i.e. research project, review article, etc., and submit their manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Professional Presentation
During spring semester of the P4 year, students will present their scholarly project via poster presentation at the annual UB SPPS Residency Project Presentation Day. Students will also submit their scholarly project as a poster at a state or national pharmacy meeting.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in required courses and documented history of professional organization involvement. A student having a GPA of less than 3.5 may petition to enroll in the program, pending input from his/her faculty advisor.  A letter of support from the faculty advisor must be emailed to the chair of the Scholars Program, Dr. Erin Slazak, at the time the student submits their application materials.

How to Apply

P2 students must complete the Scholars Program Application and upload their CV as directed between Nov. 15 and Nov. 30 of the second professional (P2) year. Applications are not accepted at any other time.

Applications are reviewed by the Scholars Program committee in January. Selected students will be offered an interview, held in February. Following interviews, a maximum of 10 students will be invited into the Scholars Program. They will be notified no later than April. These students will participate in the above outlined activities during their third and fourth professional years.