Established in 1950 by the Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the annual Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to health-system pharmacy. The award is considered to be the highest honor in the profession.
The Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture Award is given annually to an individual of high moral character, good citizenship, and elevated professional ideals. The recipient has made significant contributions to health-system pharmacy, including sustained exemplary service, an outstanding single achievement, or a combination of accomplishments benefiting the profession and public health. These may include achievements or outstanding performance that relate to health-system pharmacy:
- Practice, education, or administration,
- Research or development,
- Organizational activities,
- Scientific or professional writing,
- Public and/or inter-professional relations activities, or
- Law, legislation, regulation, or standards of professional conduct.
ASHP’s Chief Executive Officer sends out an annual call for nominations to State Affiliates and Society past-presidents at least nine months in advance of ASHP’s Summer Meeting. An all-member notice is also typically published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. Selection Committee members. State chapter officials, past presidents, and any 10 active ASHP members can submit recommendations. All nominations must include a complete, specific statement about the candidate.
The Whitney Award Selection Committee is comprised of past recipients. The candidate receiving a majority (more than half) of committee votes is declared the award winner. The committee chairman is the most recent past recipient—he or she does not vote except to break tie ballots. The winner is expected to present a lecture at the award banquet. Additionally, the awardee receives an engraved plaque, a generous stipend, and free registration to ASHP’s Summer Meeting.
The Harvey A.K. Whitney Award Lecture
The Harvey A.K. Whitney Award Lecture is a collection of addresses presented by past awardees. View the collection.