Dr. Inmaculada Hernandez, associate professor of clinical pharmacy at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California, San Diego, has been selected as the 2022 National Academy of Medicine Fellow in Pharmacy. Hernandez is now the second UCSD faculty member to be selected for this fellowship.
The NAM fellowship is supported through an endowment from AACP and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, as part of the NAM Fellowships for Health Science Scholars program. The program invites early-career academic professionals to participate in studies related to American health, allowing them to contribute to the future of healthcare while furthering their own careers.
Academic Pharmacy Now spoke with Hernandez to find out more about her goals for this two-year fellowship and how she hopes to enrich academic pharmacy.
How did you react when you found out about the fellowship?
I was really excited, because I know a few of the previous fellows and they’ve spoken of what a terrific opportunity it is. I do some work around pharmaceutical policy, and I thought this could be a great avenue to disseminate and expand my work on the area.
What are your primary research interests?
I have three main areas of work. One is using large, existing data sets to understand how drugs work, such as which drugs work better in which populations. That’s often drugs that have already been approved. Then I do some work around drug prices, like drivers of drug prices. Why are drugs so expensive here in the U.S.? And the third one, which is something that we started recently, is looking at spatial access to healthcare, with a focus on pharmacy access. We’re trying to understand, for instance, are independent pharmacies more important in providing access to care in rural areas than chains? Those sorts of questions.