Rufus A. Lyman Award

AACP Resource

The Rufus A. Lyman Award is presented annually to the author(s) of the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Selection Criteria

  • Papers considered for the Lyman Award include manuscripts representing original research and/or other scholarly work that have been published in regular issues 1 to 10 of the preceding year/volume of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Addresses of Association officers, editorials, reports or papers commissioned by AACP are not considered. Papers that have been previously published or published in substantially the same form before are not eligible for the award. Papers in AJPE's publication ahead-of-print (PAP) section are not eligible.
  • Manuscripts will be judged by the following criteria:
    a. Utility and significance to pharmacy education
    b. Originality
    c. Research methodology
    d. Writing style

Method of Selection

  • Nominations for the Lyman Award may come from two sources: a) the chair of each Section, who may nominate no more than five manuscripts following consultation with the Administrative Board of that Section; and b) members of the Lyman Award Committee.
  • The Lyman Award Committee is composed of seven members: the editor of AJPE, the recipient from the previous year, and five members appointed by the president. The editor will serve as chair of the committee. An alternate will also be appointed each year in the event a member’s paper is under consideration.
  • At the conclusion of the evaluation process, the Lyman Award Committee will recommend the paper that has garnered the most number of votes to the AACP Board of Directors for the award. The committee may recommend that the award not be presented in any given year.


The award shall consist of a monetary prize of $5,000 and an appropriately inscribed certificate. If the paper selected is authored by more than one person, the $5,000 shall be divided equally and each author shall receive a plaque. Recipients are honored during the AACP Annual Meeting.

Past Award Recipients


"Blended Simulation Progress Testing for Assessment of Practice Readiness"

Authors: Neal Benedict, Pharm.D.; Pamela Smithburger, Pharm.D., M.S.; Amy Calabrese Donihi, Pharm.D.; Philip Empey, Pharm.D., Ph.D.; Lawrence Kobulinsky; Amy Seybert, Pharm.D.; Thomas Waters; Scott Drab, Pharm.D.; John Lutz, B.S; Deborah Farkas, Ph.D.; Susan Meyer, Ph.D.

Institutions: University of Pittsburgh and WISER Education and Simulation Facility, Pittsburgh


Development and Application of a Stepwise Assessment Process for Rational Redesign of Sequential Skills-Based Courses
Authors: Casey E. Gallimore, Pharm.D.; Andrea L. Porter, Pharm.D.; and Susanne G. Barnett, Pharm.D. 

Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison


Towards an Operational Definition of Clinical Competency in Pharmacy
Authors: L. Douglas Ried, Ph.D. and Charles A. Douglas, Ph.D., MBA
Institutions: University of Texas at Tyler and Texas A&M University 


Is a Pharmacy Student the Customer or the Product?
Author: David A. Holdford, Ph.D.
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University


"Development and Validation of the Student Perceptions of Physician-Pharmacist Interprofessional Clinical Education (SPICE) Instrument"
Authors: David S. Fike, Ph.D.; Joseph A. Zorek, Pharm.D.; Anitra A. MacLaughlin, Pharm.D.; Mohammed Samiuddin, M.D.; Rodney B. Young, M.D.; and Eric J. MacLaughlin, Pharm.D.
Institutions: University of the Incarnate Word, University of Wisconsin-Madison, & Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


"An Introductory Interprofessional Exercise for Healthcare Students” 
Authors: Celia P. MacDonnell, Pharm.D.; Saumitra V. Rege, M.S.; Kara Misto, Ph.D. Candidate; Richard Dollase, Ed.D.; and Paul George, M.D. 
Institution: University of Rhode Island and Brown University


"Cross-Validation of an Instrument for Measuring Professionalism Behaviors
Authors: Katherine A. Kelley, Ph.D.; Luke D. Stanke, B.S.; Suzanne M. Rabi, Pharm.D.; Sarah E. Kuba, Ph.D.; and Kristin K. Janke, Ph.D.
Institution: The Ohio State University


"Nine Constructs of Cultural Competence for Curriculum Development"
Authors: Margarita Echeverri, Ph.D.; B. Cecile Brookover, Ph.D.; and Kathleen B. Kennedy, Pharm.D.
Institution: Xavier University of Louisiana


“An Enhanced Community Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Model to Improve Patient Care”
Authors: Rosemin Kassam, B.Sc. Pharm, Pharm.D. and Mona Kwong, B.Sc. Pharm, M.Sc.
Institution: The University of British Columbia


“The Economic Impact of a College of Pharmacy”
Authors: Dick R. Gourley; Shelley I. White-Means; Jeff Wallace
Institution: The University of Tennessee and University of Memphis