Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha Darling have made a gift of $750,000 to the Institute of Medicine to create a permanent two-year biomedical science and public policy or population-based medicine fellowship. The Omenn Fellowship is the newest addition to the Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellows program, which provides early-career health science scholars with the opportunity to participate in evidence-based health care or public health policy studies that improve the nation's health.
"We are proud to support the IOM Anniversary Fellows, and we hope that my experiences bridging biomedical research, public health, and health policy will be an inspiration for young physician-scientists with similar aspirations," said Dr. Omenn, professor of medicine, genetics, and public health at the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan Medical School.
"This generous gift will give talented early-career biomedical science and public health scholars a chance to engage with some of the nation's finest researchers and policymakers as they participate in the work of the IOM," said Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg.
Each fellow will continue in his or her primary academic post while being assigned to a board of the IOM. Applicants will be evaluated by an IOM-appointed committee according to professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, the quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the IOM. Preference will be given to candidates drawn from the field of medicine and public health. Candidates will have received an M.D. and may have a Ph.D. from a relevant field of study in the medical sciences, public health, and/or public policy.
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