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Practice Advancement & Advocacy Fellowship

Overview of the Training Program

This two-year training experience provides the learner with the opportunity to engage in advocacy and practice development across Ohio and the U.S. and the opportunity to complete a two-year master’s degree during the fellowship in an area most suited to the candidate is an option, but not required with the fellowship. Graduates of this program will be prepared to become leaders in practice advancement and advocacy through research, education, service and practice.

Based in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, the fellow will promote the advancement of the pharmacy profession through community-based pharmacy and advocacy research, teaching, and practice development. This program provides teaching experience through course development, individualized and small-group mentoring, experiential teaching and large classroom teaching, as well as innovative methods of advocacy and knowledge transfer. A practice component involving direct patient care will be determined based on the candidate’s interest, experience and opportunities.

The fellow will engage in independent research and mentoring students/residents through research. Experiences will include working through the research process from idea generation to data analysis, through to publication/dissemination, grant writing and presentations of work locally, regionally and nationally through posters, podium presentations and manuscripts. 

Message from the Fellowship Directors

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My teaching philosophy is centered in three primary concepts: mutual respect, authenticity and empowering others to reach their version of success. I have lived this philosophy through training students, residents and fellows for over 15 years, and through creation and direction of Partner for Promotion, a program that connects trainees to pharmacy settings to develop new patient-centered services.

I currently serve as Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, which allows me to shepherd our continuing education, legislative advocacy and policy efforts, community engagement, and global practice advancement. I have two kids that I talk about way too much, and I love what I do.

I am looking for a person who seeks to gain experiences through this fellowship that are multifaceted and flexible. I am looking for someone who is independent, adaptable and embraces a growth mindset.   

Ohio’s practice landscape is changing rapidly, and opportunity abounds to engage in this exciting time. I am an academic, and I seek to work collaboratively with my fellow to empower the next generation of pharmacists to make change and understand their role in advocacy. We will conduct research to guide others in practice change endeavors. The fellow’s specific learning opportunities will be guided by an advisory group that will be formed based on the fellow’s area of focus and assessed regularly to keep the trainee on track for success.

Jennifer Rodis, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA



Michael MurphyI currently serve as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and an Advisor for State Government Affairs at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). I teach undergraduate and PharmD courses that are focused on current issues impacting the health care system and our patients, how to engage and advocate for improvements, as well as leadership and professionalism. My research is focused on the development of evidence that can be used to support our advocacy efforts and improve patient access to care. At APhA, I work with state pharmacy associations across the country to support them in advancing their legislative and regulatory priorities both at the state and national level.

Across the country, the profession of pharmacy is quickly evolving. From expansions in pharmacists’ scope of practice to the recognition of the pharmacist as a provider and the establishment of programs that reimburse pharmacists for their patient care services, we are seeing more patients gain access to the valuable services pharmacists can provide. As these changes materialize, there is a greater need for new leaders in the profession that will further advocate for these improvements and support efforts to implement advanced care programs for patients. It is an exciting time in pharmacy, and I look forward to working with the next fellow to support them in developing skills to be a leader and change-maker in the profession.

E. Michael Murphy, PharmD, MBA