NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy

The next call for nominations will open in March 2024.

The overall purpose of the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy is to enable talented, early-career 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. Supported through an endowment from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the program especially welcomes nominations of historically underrepresented candidates.

This fellowship is part of the NAM Fellowships for Health Science Scholars program. See all opportunities >>

Current Fellow

Adam Bress, PharmD, MS

Adam Bress, PharmD, MS

2020-2022 Pharmacy Fellow

Dr. Bress is currently an Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences with Tenure in the Division of Health System Innovation and Research and an Investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. Dr. Bress is a formally-trained cardiovascular clinical pharmacist and population scientist. His research is focused on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, optimizing medication use, and reducing health disparities. He is particularly interested in studying antihypertensive medication use, responses, and outcomes to help patients and providers, as well as health systems, payers, governments, and population health managers make better decisions about how to treat and control high blood pressure. He is also interested in genetic ancestry and racial/ethnic differences in antihypertensive medication responses.

Past Fellows

Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD

Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD

2018-2020 Pharmacy Fellow

Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD

Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD

2016-2018 Pharmacy Fellow

Steven M. Smith, PharmD, MPH

Steven M. Smith, PharmD, MPH

2014-2016 Pharmacy Fellow

Samuel G. Johnson, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP

Samuel G. Johnson, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP

2012-2014 Pharmacy Fellow

Fellowship Description

The NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy will be awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue to work at their primary academic post, while being assigned to a health- and medicine-related board of the National Academies. The boards are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families,
  • Food and Nutrition,
  • Global Health,
  • Health Care Services,
  • Health Sciences Policy, and
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice.

The fellowship requires a 10- to 20-percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the NAM Annual Meeting, and the meetings of the fellow’s designated board. Domestic travel expenses are covered for participation in approved fellowship activities. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. Studies that would enable the potential for the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health will be identified.

This experience will introduce the NAM Fellow in Pharmacy to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. In addition, each fellow will be assigned to an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research grant of $25,000 will be awarded to each NAM Fellow in Pharmacy, which will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution to advance the fellow’s professional and academic career. This grant is not intended for use as a salary offset for the fellow.


Nominees for the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy must:

  • Be nominated by one of the following:
    1. A member of the NAM,
    2. The board of directors of AACP or
    3. The board of regents of ACCP
  • Have 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 resident status at the time of the nomination
Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an 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 those with a demonstrated interest in and focus on advancing pharmacy practice and scholarship.

Nomination Packet

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

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM, the board of directors of AACP or the board of regents of ACCP
  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from:
    1. Department chair or equivalent supervisor
    2. Academic dean or comparable senior leader
    3. Other individual(s) familiar with the nominee’s work
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


Fellowships will be awarded in even years.

  • March 1, 2022 | Call for nominations opens
  • June 1, 2022 | Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
  • July 20, 2022 | Awardee is notified
  • September 7-9, 2022 | Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
  • October 17, 2022 |  Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy should be directed to:

Yumi Phillips
Program Officer
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506

The NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy is supported through an endowment from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

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