The APhA Foundation Board of Directors established the Tery L. Baskin Scholarship Fund to honor his extraordinary service to the APhA Foundation, APhA, and American pharmacy. Tery lost his battle with cancer in March 2019. The Foundation is now raising funds to endow a memorial scholarship in Tery’s name.
Tery Baskin, PharmD, FAPhA, was passionate about the profession and the need to encourage and support students interested in making an impact on patient care and health outcomes. His lifelong commitment to the profession of pharmacy and to the success of APhA made him stand out as an amazing pharmacy leader in Arkansas and across the United States.
His long history of pharmacy leadership began while he was still in pharmacy school as a student leader at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, and with the then-SAPhA (now APhA–ASP) as national Speaker of the House. Upon graduation from pharmacy school, Tery hit the ground running, becoming a member of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA) board of directors and rising to become the youngest president ever of APA. He owned and operated independent pharmacies in Arkansas and spent many years on the staff of the for-profit arm of the APA, where he worked on the early development of what would become the first Arkansas-owned and -operated pharmacy benefit management companies, Pharmacy Associates Inc. (PAI). Tery ran PAI for almost 15 years, until it sold in 2000 to National Medical Health Card.
As the patient benefit management marketplace moved away from a focus on the pharmacist and their interaction with patients, Tery recognized a need in the marketplace to emphasize and leverage the role of the pharmacist, so he created a new company called RxResults. RxResults is focused on connecting employers and pharmacists to provide the best possible care to the employer’s employees.
Tery was previously recognized as the APA Pharmacist of the Year and as an APhA Fellow. He’s served on the Board of Directors of the APhA Foundation and as the Foundation’s President. He also served as APhA Trustee and Treasurer. Tery created a career focused on expanding the pharmacist’s role in health care, and spent his professional life volunteering with APhA, an organization that has helped shape and develop him as a pharmacist. Tery was supported on his professional journey by his wife, Mary, who was his greatest supporter during his career.
Once funded, the Tery L. Baskin Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to an individual who is in good academic standing at a U.S. college or school of pharmacy and has demonstrated outstanding student leadership, pharmacy association involvement, and community service. All applicants must be APhA members and will be required to submit an essay of up to 500 words describing how he or she will dedicate their future efforts to advancing the profession of pharmacy.