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ASHP Foundation Establishes Daniel M. Ashby Fund for Excellence in Pharmacy Residency Training

July 09, 2020

Daniel Ashby Fund for Excellence in Pharmacy Residency Training Established

The ASHP Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Daniel M. Ashby Fund for Excellence in Pharmacy Residency Training (Ashby Fund). The Ashby Fund will support initiatives that recognize and enhance excellence in pharmacy residency training.

The ASHP Foundation established the Ashby Fund to honor internationally renowned pharmacy leader Daniel M. Ashby, M.S., FASHP. Mr. Ashby retired July 1, 2020, as the Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer for The Johns Hopkins Health System after 20 years of service to Johns Hopkins, and an impressive career that spanned nearly 48-years in hospital and health-system pharmacy practice. He also currently serves as Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Adjunct Professor at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

A career-long champion of pharmacy residency training, Mr. Ashby served as a preceptor for more than 325 pharmacy residents during his career, and as a mentor to many more residents and pharmacy leaders throughout health-system pharmacy. He re-established and expanded pharmacy residency training programs during his tenure at Johns Hopkins and served as Residency Program Director for the PGY1/PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration and leadership program. As Director of Pharmacy at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Mr. Ashby led efforts to revitalize the pharmacy residency program enabling it to regain accreditation. 

A long-time member of the ASHP Commission on Credentialing, Mr. Ashby played a key role in ensuring the quality of residency programs and setting training standards. He chaired the ASHP Residency Advisory Committee, which made nearly 40 recommendations to the Commission on Credentialing for improvements to ASHP's residency accreditation survey process. The process serves as a bridge between education and practice and is a critical driver for excellence. 

As the inaugural chair of the ASHP International Accreditation Commission, his leadership was critical in designing pharmacy residency accreditation standards to navigate the world's diverse practices. Mr. Ashby was also a member and chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education Accreditation Council, the body responsible for accrediting graduate medical education programs in the United States and Canada.

“Dan is a truly exceptional leader who has dedicated his entire career to the advancement of pharmacy practice and the improvement of medication therapy. He has also served as a mentor and role model to many of us,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon), FASHP. “While the new Ashby Fund appropriately recognizes the unparalleled commitment he has made to residency training, Dan’s contributions to the full scope of pharmacy practice and to ASHP are truly beyond comparison. I am honored to have Dan as a friend and colleague, and I know that he will continue to contribute to our profession and ASHP following his retirement.”

“The Ashby Fund creates a lasting legacy of Mr. Ashby’s innumerable contributions to pharmacy practice and residency training and reflects his passion for supporting the next generation of pharmacists,” said ASHP Foundation Chief Executive Officer Steven Rubloff.
An influential leader, Mr. Ashby played pivotal roles in several of ASHP’s key initiatives. In the early stages of the ASHP Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (now the PAI2030), Mr. Ashby served as chair of the Pharmacy Advisory Panel and helped guide the development and implementation of ASHP’s work to drive pharmacy practice change. He also championed the creation of the ASHP Task Force on Pharmacy's Changing Demographics and spearheaded a first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding between ASHP and the Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists.

Active in professional associations throughout his career, Mr. Ashby served on numerous ASHP councils and committees, including the House of Delegates, Committee on Goals, and Committee on Nominations. He served on the ASHP Board of Directors and as ASHP President. Mr. Ashby also served as an elected officer in the Southeastern Michigan, Michigan, and Tennessee societies of health-system pharmacists. He also served as a member of the Michigan Pharmacy Certified Technician Board of Examiners and was an original member of the task force that wrote the Pharmacy Certified Technician examination and training manual. 

Mr. Ashby is a long-time supporter of the ASHP Foundation and served on the ASHP Foundation Board of Directors. He participates in the ASHP Foundation-funded Visiting Leaders Program as a speaker and is a member of the 2021 Pharmacy Forecast Advisory Panel. 

A Fellow of ASHP, Mr. Ashby is a 2020 recipient of the ASHP Board of Directors Honorary Membership and the 2011 recipient of the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, ASHP’s highest honor. He is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors, including the ASHP Distinguished Leadership Award, Michigan Pharmacist of the Year, Wayne State University Distinguished Alumni, the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists Board of Directors Award, and the Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists President's Award.

The Ashby Fund will support a variety of initiatives, including:

  • Awards to recognize and disseminate best practices in pharmacy residency training.
  • Grants to expand pharmacy residency positions.
  • Support for access, development, and delivery of distance education programs for pharmacy residency preceptors and program directors.
  • Grants to support the development and administration of distance mentored programs to promote communities of innovators in pharmacy residency training. 
  • Research funds to stimulate innovations, develop insights in trends, and evaluate modes of pharmacy residency and training that support residency programs.

About the ASHP Foundation
The ASHP Foundation was established in 1968 by ASHP as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. As the philanthropic arm of ASHP, the Foundation shares ASHP's vision that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time. Our mission is to support ASHP by advancing the professional practice of pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce by funding research and education that improves health outcomes through optimal, safe, and effective medication use.

Contact Information
Steven A. Rubloff
Chief Executive Officer
ASHP Foundation

Shelby M. Giles
Communications Specialist
ASHP Foundation