Program Overview

The VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program emphasizes policy-oriented learning through participation, rather than observation, and provides a yearlong congressional experience for pharmacists. The program is an enriching opportunity for each fellow to develop legislative evaluation and policy development skills, improve research and writing skills, and integrate practical policy experience with theory.

During the 14-month program, fellows bring their external perspectives to the policy process. The fellow’s responsibilities in a Congressional office have typically included researching and writing briefs on health care issues, assisting with policy analyses and drafting memoranda, floor speeches and questions for panelists at Congressional hearings, as well as planning, organizing and contributing to the Senator or Representative’s office policy and management issues for the year.

Program Schedule

Fellows enter our 14-month program in July and complete the program at the end of August of the following year.

Benefits and Compensation

The fellow will be designated an adjunct assistant professor of the VCU School of Pharmacy and will receive a stipend of $70,000. An allowance for moving expenses of up to $1,000 and a professional education or travel allowance for use during the fellow year of $1,500 will also be provided. Health care insurance, life insurance, retirement or leave benefits are not provided with this appointment. Vacation will be available according to the congressional calendar.

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