AIHP Accepting Nominations for Certificate of Commendation

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AIHP is now accepting nominations for Certificates of Commendation to recognize the efforts or projects of individuals or organizations that promote the history of pharmacy. Nominations will be accepted through August 1, 2020. The nomination form is available on AIHP’s website.

AIHP awards Certificates of Commendation to recognize endeavors that show evidence of considerable effort, ingenuity, and significance to explaining, understanding, or promoting the history of pharmacy. Nominations are reviewed by the Institute’s Awards Committee, and multiple certificates may be awarded when warranted.

AIHP has awarded Certificates of Commendation to recognize a broad range of activities and projects. In 2019, AIHP member Alvin J. Schalow of Virginia received a Certificate of Commendation for, among other things, his creation of “‘Doc’ Schalow’s Medicine Wagon Show;” which uses theatrics and humor to explain the evolution of safe and effective medicine in the United States, and his role in creating Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy’s video series that provide an overview of the history and development of pharmacy and the pharmacy profession.

A 2019 Certificate of Commendation was also awarded to Gloria Hartman Doughty, a pharmacist from Lexington, Kentucky, who was recognized for her role in establishing the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum, which showcases the history of the pharmacy profession in Kentucky and preserves important artifacts, books, and documents.

Read about the 2017 recipients of Certificates of Commendation.

Further information about AIHP’s Certificates of Commendation is available on the Institute’s website.

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