Bennett is the seventh woman to be recognized for the award since its inception in 1919.
Marialice S. Bennett, BSPharm, of Columbus, OH, was awarded the 2021 Remington Honor Medal, the American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) highest honor, during the virtual 2021 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition. She is the seventh woman to be recognized for the award since its inception in 1919.1
Bennett, professor emeritus at Ohio State University, retired from her position as director of the Community and Ambulatory Care Residency program and as a professor of clinical pharmacy at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy in 2015. According to a press release, Bennett was selected to receive the award in recognition of her passionate leadership and pioneering vision for advancing patient care and the profession of pharmacy through her creation of innovative community practice sites, her contributions to pharmacy education and community-based residency training, and her mentoring impact on the professional and personal lives of generations of current and future pharmacists.1
“Along the way, I’ve been encouraged by treasured friends and colleagues, and mentored by legendary visionary leaders,” Bennett said in her acceptance speech. “I thank you all for your love, friendship and guidance during our journey. I share this moment with each of you. My hope is that together we’ve paved a brighter road to tomorrow, and that we’ve made a difference in the lives we have touched.”2
In the 1990s, Bennett’s Clinical Partners Programs at the OSU Pharmaceutical Care Clinic were some of the first practice sites where pharmacists provided disease state management services through 1-on-1 appointments with patients. She also collaborated with Stephanie Cook, DO, an emergency department physician, to create University Health Connection, an interprofessional clinic that offered a blend of community pharmacy, urgent care, and primary care services. Bennett also served as the 2011-2012 APhA president.1
“We’d be hard pressed to identify another pharmacist who has excited more young pharmacists to be the leaders we need for the profession of tomorrow,” said one of her letters of support. “And she enjoys every minute of every interaction with both [student pharmacists] and practitioners.”1
According to APhA, Bennett has also served in leadership, expert, and mentoring roles for the APhA Foundation, the U.S. Pharmacopeia, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation, the Ohio Pharmacists Association, the Ohio Pharmacist Foundation, and in the area of diabetes.1