The Institute of Medicine has selected four outstanding health professionals for the class of 2013 IOM Anniversary Fellows. They were selected from excellent groups of nominees based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional accomplishments, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the IOM. Beginning in October, the fellows will work with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to collaborate on initiatives convened by the IOM to provide nonpartisan, evidence-based guidance to national, state, and local policymakers, academic leaders, health care administrators, and the public.
"We are delighted to have these exceptional professionals work with the IOM to carry out our programs to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions," said Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg.
The class of 2013 IOM Anniversary Fellows includes:
- Gilbert S. Omenn Anniversary Fellow: Deidra C. Crews, M.D., Sc.M., FASN, assistant professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
- Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Fellow: Kathleen M. Schmeler, M.D., assistant professor, department of gynecologic oncology and reproductive medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
- James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellow: Katherine J. Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S., assistant professor, departments of family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- IOM Anniversary Fellow Sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation in honor of Dr. John Benson: Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.E., assistant professor of medicine, division of pulmonary, allergy, and critical care, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia
Each fellow will continue in his or her primary academic post while engaging part time over a two-year period in IOM's health and science policy work. In addition, each will participate actively in the work of an expert study committee or roundtable related to his or her professional interests, including contributing to its reports or other products, and further his or her career as a future leader in the field. A flexible research stipend of $25,000 will be awarded to every fellow.