Daniel J. Nam, of Floral Park, N.Y., has been named the 2013-2014 ACCP-ASHP-VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow. The fellow program, which is now in its seventh year, provides pharmacists with unique insights into health care 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, Derrick Griffing, Pharm.D., M.P.H., is a health policy fellow for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who serves on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Nam earned his B.S.Pharm. from St. John’s University School of Pharmacy in 2003 and is a J.D. candidate for the class of 2013 from St. John’s University Law School. Nam currently practices as a pharmacist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Morgan-Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York. Previously, he owned and operated an independent community pharmacy, concentrating on programs for increasing health literacy and access for minority patients.
Nam will begin the fellow program on Sept.1. After a structured orientation to Congress from VCU faculty and the Brookings Institution, Nam 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.
More information about the ACCP-ASHP-VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program is available here
ASHP is the national professional organization whose 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. 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 website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.safemedication.com.
The American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s mission is to advance human health by extending the frontiers of clinical pharmacy. Through strategic initiatives, partnerships, collaborations, and alliances, ACCP:
Provides leadership, professional development, advocacy, and resources that enable clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice, research, and education.
Advances clinical pharmacy and pharmacotherapy through support
and promotion of research, training, and education.
Promotes innovative science, develops successful models of practice, and disseminates new knowledge to advance pharmacotherapy and patient care.
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located on two campuses in downtown Richmond, the university enrolls more than 31,000 students in 222 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-six of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Medical Center comprises MCV Hospitals and VCU’s five health sciences schools, including the School of Pharmacy. For more, see www.vcu.edu or www.pharmacy.vcu.edu.