Department of Medicine

Clinical Pharmacology


Q:  How many years is the Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship?

A:  The fellowship is for a two year period; with a continuing third year optional.  There are stipulations related to being approved for the third year.


Q:  What are the stipulations related to the third year of the fellowship?

A:  Fellows seeking a third year of postdoctoral fellowship training are expected to seek support for external sources, such as CTSI and PhRMA.  A third year of support from the training grant can be requested.  Fellows interested in consideration for a third year on the T32 Grant should construct a formal letter and send to Dr. Desta and cc: Cheryl Weatherholt.

The letter request will need to include the following:

*  Why do you want a third fellowship year?

*  List of milestones you have achieves during your fellowship.

*  What are your goals and objectives for this additional year?

*  How will a third year help you achieve your goals?

*  What alternative plans do you have if your goals aren't obtained?

*  What are your long-term career goals?

Q:  What training opportunities will be available to me?

A:  Listed below are the training opportunies:

* NIH Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course

* Didactics (a list of topics can be seen here)

* Weekly Journal Club

* Weekly Personalized Therapeutics Seminars

* Ethics Course

* Ethics Seminars

* Clinical Consults


Q:  How will I get paid?

A:  Postdoctoral fellows on grants are paid a stipend at the beginning of each month for that month.  No taxes are withheld from the stipend payment; however, you may have a tax obligation.  Fellows are strongly encouraged to meet with a tax advisor early in their fellowship to be made aware of any necessary taxes they are obligated to pay.  These payments usually involve a quarterly estimate tax payment. 

The university does not issue a W2 since grant trainees are not considered employees.  The university does send a letter at the end of the calendar year to summarize the amount of stipend the fellow receives to assist with their tax returns.


Q:  Are fellows eligible for benefits?

A:  Postdoctoral fellows on grants are not eligible for employee-paid benefit programs, including contributions to self-funded retirement programs and the tax saver benefit programs typically available to employees.


Q:  Will I be offered health insurance?

A:  Yes.  Our fellows are offered medical insurance through Anthem (for non-employee students/grant and fellowship recipients) administered by the university.  Additional information regarding the fellows' health insurance can be obtained at this link: