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ACCP Report - December 2019

ACCP/ASHP/VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program Now Accepting Applications


The Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program is a collaborative effort of ACCP, the School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Launched in 2006 under the guidance of ACCP’s C. Edwin Webb, Pharm.D., MPH, longtime director of Government and Professional Affairs and associate executive director (retired), the fellow program consists of unique health care policy learning experiences in the U.S. Congress and the government affairs offices of ACCP and ASHP.

Pharmacists who participate in the program have the opportunity to gain real-world insight into health care policy analysis and development via immersion in the congressional environment. Fellows are actively mentored in legislative evaluation, policy development, research, and writing while integrating practical experience with theory.

The 2020–2021 Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow year will begin in July. The fellow will spend 1 week at the Brookings Institution and 3 weeks each with ACCP’s and ASHP’s government affairs offices. Finally, the fellow will be placed within a congressional office or on a congressional committee on Capitol Hill.

Current and Alumni Fellows

The 2019–2020 ACCP/ASHP/VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy fellow, Kyle G. Robb, serves as the health policy advisor for the minority staff on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. After serving in the program, past fellows have gone on to engage in a variety of important roles in health care policy and government.

Applications for the 2020–2021 Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program

Candidates must be pharmacists who are U.S. citizens with at least 1 year of residency training or several years of professional experience in providing direct patient care. Preference will be given to pharmacists with demonstrated awareness and or a track record of advocacy regarding health care and/or social issues.

Interested candidates should visit the Pharmacy Healthcare Policy Fellow Program’s website for more information and instructions on submitting an application, which can be found here.