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'Lab for Leadership' Marks 10 Years

The Houston Program Co-founder Joyce Tipton Inaugural Anderson Leadership Award at Anniversary Celebration

May 20 — UH College of Pharmacy alumna and The Houston Program founder member Joyce A. Tipton, MBA, R.Ph. (B.S. '79), FASHP, was honored for her career-long commitment to advancing health-system pharmacy and mentoring countless current and future leaders of the profession at The Houston Program's 10th Anniversary Celebration May 20.

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Joyce Tipton, center, receives the Roger W. Anderson Leadership Award from the honor's namesake, left, and nominator Rusol Karralli, alumna of both the UHCOP Pharm.D. and The Houston Program.

The event drew more than 70 alumni, current residents, residency program directors and coordinators, advisory council and faculty members of The Houston Program, a two-year concurrent academic-practice program culminating in an M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership & Administration from UHCOP and PGY1 pharmacy practice/PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency programs from one of seven fellow Texas Medical Center institutions.

Tipton was recognized with the program's inaugural Roger W. Anderson Leadership Award, which honors the continued legacy of Roger W. Anderson, Dr.P.H., FASHP, to promote pharmacy leadership through recognition of program alumni who have made unique contributions to the future of pharmacy through leadership, research, and dedication to the growth of future pharmacy leaders and the profession.

Anderson is considered a true pioneer in the profession who helped propel clinical/health-system pharmacy into its current era through his decades of leadership in The University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center and through his service in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

As part of the award, the award recipient provides a lecture during the alumni dinner. In her lecture, Tipton recounted the history of The Houston Program and how her career path has led to a passion for health-system pharmacy training as well as sharing her confidence in the ability of program alumni to transform the profession.