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Oct. 7, 2005

Miller To Receive American College Of Clinical Pharmacy Award

William Miller, Pharm.D., professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, has been named the 2005 recipient of the Paul F. Parker Medal for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Pharmacy.

The annual award is presented by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (AACP) to acknowledge significant and sustained contributions to the field.

Miller came to the UI in 1997 as head of the College of Pharmacy's division of clinical and administrative pharmacy, a position he held until 2001. He has been and remains "one of the most influential clinical pharmacy leaders of the past 30 years," according to the Parker Medal selection committee.

One of Miller's key contributions to the profession was his appointment of the Commission to Implement Change in Pharmaceutical Education when he was president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in 1989. He charged the commission to redefine the mission of pharmacy practice as a basis for pharmaceutical education and develop a conceptual framework for pharmacy practice. Under Miller's leadership, the commission made recommendations that revolutionized pharmacy education and influenced pharmacy practice worldwide.

A founding member of the AACP, Miller served as the organization's president from 1985-1986. He also is a founding member of the board of directors of the journal Pharmacotherapy and has chaired the journal's board since 2003. A leading advocate for progressive postgraduate training and residency accreditation, Miller was a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Commission on Credentialing from 1991 to 1997 and chaired that body for three years. He remains active on ACCP and AACP committees, and he serves as a residency program accreditation surveyor for ASHP.

As a department chair, Miller was responsible for the development and expansion of clinical pharmacy programs at the University of Tennessee, the Medical University of South Carolina and the UI. Miller began his career at the University of Kentucky, where he served under Paul Parker.

Miller will receive the Parker Medal Oct. 23 during the opening general session at the annual AACP meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

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