Bethesda, Md.— Derek Griffing, Pharm.D., M.P.H. of Cicero, Ill., has been named the 2012-13 ACCP-ASHP-VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow. The fellow program, which is now in its sixth year, provides pharmacists with unique insights into healthcare policy analysis and development, under the auspices of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy in collaboration with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The current fellow, Sarah Steinhardt, serves as a health policy fellow for Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
Griffing earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from Midwestern University School of Pharmacy in 2010 and a masters degree in public health with a concentration in health systems and policy from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011. He currently practices as an oncology pharmacist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Griffing will begin his fellowship on September 1. After a structured orientation to Congress from VCU faculty and the Brookings Institute, Griffing will spend one month with the ASHP government affairs and policy team and one month with the ACCP government and professional affairs staff. In November, he will begin working as a policy fellow on a congressional committee or with the personal staff of a United States senator or representative.
For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 35,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's Web site, www.ashp.org, or its consumer Web site, www.SafeMedication.com.