Date:  Oct. 9, 2012




Institute of Medicine Receives $826,000 Gift to Establish Pharmacy Fellowship


WASHINGTON — The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy have pledged $826,000 to the Institute of Medicine to create a permanent two-year pharmacy fellowship.  Samuel G. Johnson, Pharm.D., clinical pharmacy specialist at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver, has been selected as the 2012-2014 Anniversary Fellow. 


"With help from Research Corporation Technologies and the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation, we are pleased to provide this grant, which will enable early career health scientists in the field of pharmacy to gain valuable experience in shaping policies that improve the nation's health," said J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and dean of the College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona, Tucson.


"This exceptional learning environment will engage these scholars with the most eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country as they work together to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based guidance to policymakers, academic leaders, health care leaders, and the public," said Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg.


Each fellow will be assigned to a board of the IOM while continuing his or her primary academic posts.  Applicants are evaluated according to professional qualifications, reputations as scholars and the quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the IOM.  Preference is given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on advancing pharmacy practice and scholarship.


"It's an honor to serve as one of the sponsoring organizations of this inaugural IOM pharmacy fellowship and to be able to participate in Samuel Johnson's selection as the 2012-2014 fellow," said Lawrence J. Cohen, president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.  "He is a talented and skilled clinical pharmacist with a genuine passion for population health and health care services. I consider serving as a member of the selection committee one of the highlights of my presidential year."


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