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.

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.

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

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.

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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.