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Creighton Professor a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship Finalist

Bartholomew Clark, R. Ph., M.S., Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacy sciences at Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, has been selected as a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows Program.

RWJF is the largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans and its Health Policy Fellows Program is considered the nation's most prestigious learning experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics. Fellows accept work placements within the House, Senate, a federal agency or a division in the legislative or executive branch and actively contribute to the formation of national health policies.

"I am truly honored to be a finalist," Clark said. "If chosen as a fellow, I hope to participate in advancing public policy in directions that improve both patient safety and efficiency in health care."

The program has been conducted and administered by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1973. In that time, only one fellow has come from the state of Nebraska and only two from the field of pharmacy.

"It is a distinct honor for Dr. Clark to make it to the finalist selection level for this program," Kimberly Galt, Pharm.D., Ph.D., assistant vice president for multidisciplinary health sciences research and director of the Creighton Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety, said. "This is extremely competitive and a great compliment."

Clark will travel to Washington, D.C., in mid-February to compete for one of six fellowships. Selection of fellows will be announced Feb. 14. If chosen, he will report back to Washington, D.C., Sept. 1.

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