Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson, assistant surgeon general, director of the Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness and Chief Professional Officer, Pharmacy, was the guest speaker for the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Conversation of Significance. In his role, RADM Giberson leads the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) pharmacy professional affairs, advising the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention and career development of USPHS pharmacists. He also leads all operations personnel and response of more than 6,700 officers of all health professional within the commissioned corps of USPHS. Through this work, RADM Giberson directly impacts national clinical and public health issues aimed at improving patient care across the country.
RADM Giberson addressed Lipscomb student pharmacists, community pharmacists, government and community leaders on April 25, 2013. RADM Giberson inspired student pharmacists to be involved with their local and state pharmacists associations and to pursue the advancement of the pharmacy profession by being progressively supportive of provider status recognition for pharmacists. He also encouraged the participation of pharmacists in the uniformed public health services and the serving of the unmet healthcare needs of the underserved U.S. population.
“The purpose of bringing leaders such as RADM Scott Giberson to our college is to expose our students and our community to the larger health care issues and initiatives that are impacting the industry,” said Dean Roger L. Davis. “Today was a great day. Our students were given the opportunity to get an inside look at the issues and challenges that the leaders of this nation deal with on a daily basis and to learn how it will impact them as practicing pharmacists and health care providers in the future.”