NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy

The call for nominations is currently closed. 

The next call for nominations will open in March 2022.  

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 under-represented minority candidates.

The Pharmacy 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

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 his/her 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 Fall NAM Annual Meeting, and the meetings of the assigned 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.

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. 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. This grant is not intended for use as a salary offset for the fellow.


Nominees for the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination 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
  • Completion of a PharmD and/or PhD from a relevant field of study in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Between four and ten years after completion of postgraduate work OR between five and fifteen years after completion of a Pharm.D.
  • Sponsorship by academic department head or equivalent supervisor
  • Endorsement by the dean or comparable senior leader
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination

The NAM especially welcomes under-represented minority candidates.

Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated interest in and focus on advancing pharmacy practice and scholarship. In addition, an NAM-appointed committee will consider:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in health policy
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM
Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system at  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
  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from:
    1. Department chair or equivalent supervisor
    2. Academic dean or comparable senior leader
    3. Letter from 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 2022 | Call for nominations opens
  • June 2022 | Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
  • July 2022 | Awardee is notified
  • September 2022 | Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
  • October 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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