NAM Pharmacy Fellowship

AACP Resource

Call for Nominations

The nomination cycle is open from March 4 to June 3, 2024.

The Boards of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2024 National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Fellowship in Pharmacy. This fellowship will support a pharmacist as an early career health policy or health science scholar. Details about the nomination process may be found in the Guide to Nominations below.


The purpose of the NAM Fellowships is to enable talented, early-career health policy or health science scholars to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. The Fellowship will be awarded for a two-year period during which time the Fellows will be expected to continue working at their primary academic post.

The Fellows will be assigned to a board of the National Academies, attend its meetings, and actively participate in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its report or other products. The Fellows will be invited to the NAM Annual Meeting and will also take part in an intense one-week orientation to health policy in Washington, DC. This will introduce the Fellows to a variety of perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry, patient interest groups, scientists, and health professionals. Each Fellow will be assigned to a NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor for the duration of the Fellowship. In addition, each Fellow will be provided with a flexible research grant of $25,000.

Fellowship requires a commitment of 10 to 20% time for the successful candidate. Candidates who are chosen as Fellows will hold exceptional promise to become future national leaders in biomedical science, health care, health policy and medical professionalism.

If you have questions about any aspect of the nomination process please contact Lee Vermeulen, AACP Executive Vice President & CEO.

Guide to Nominations

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the NAM Fellowship must:

  • Be nominated by one of the following:
    • A member of the NAM,
    • The board of directors of AACP (Note: AACP members wishing to secure a letter of nomination from the AACP Board should contact Lee Vermeulen to discuss the submission no later than May 3, 2024.)
    • The board of regents of ACCP
  • Completed a Pharm.D. and/or Ph.D. from a relevant field of study in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences
  • Be able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Be between four and ten years after completion of post-graduate work OR between five and fifteen years after completion of a Pharm.D.
  • Have sponsorship by academic department head or equivalent supervisor
  • Have endorsement by the dean or comparable senior leader
  • Hold U.S. citizen or permanent residency status at the time of the nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by a NAM-appointed committee based on their professional qualifications, scholarship, and quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field of expertise to the work of the NAM.

Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on advancing pharmacy practice and scholarship.

Application Packet for AACP Nominees

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system and will include the following documents:

  • Nomination letter from a member of the NAM, the board of directors of AACP, or the board of regents of ACCP (Note: AACP members wishing to secure a letter of nomination from the AACP Board should contact Lee Vermeulen to discuss the submission no later than May 3, 2024.)
  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from:
    • Department chair or equivalent supervisor
    • Academic dean or comparable senior leader
    • Letter from other individual(s) familiar with the nominee’s work
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio

Meet the Current NAM Pharmacy Fellow

  • 2022–2024 FellowInmaculada Hernandez, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Division of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Previous NAM Pharmacy Fellow

  • 2020–2022 Fellow: Adam Bress, Pharm.D., M.S., is an associate professor of population health sciences in the Division of Health System Innovation and Research at the University of Utah and an investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
  • 2018–2020 Fellow: Dima Mazen Qato, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., is the Hygeia Centennial Chair and associate professor at the USC School of Pharmacy and a senior fellow at the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics 
  • 2016–2018 Fellow: Jonathan H. Watanabe, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of Assessment and Quality and a professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California, Irvine.
  • 2014–2016 Fellow: Steven M. Smith, Pharm.D., M.P.H., is the Associate Director for the Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases and an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research at the University of Florida
  • 2012–2014 Fellow: Samuel G. Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, is the Vice President of Clinical Solutions at Agilum