2015 Robert E. Henkin Government Relations Fellowship

May 6, 2015

During the week of April 27, SNMMI and the Education and Research Foundation hosted the 2015 Robert E. Henkin Fellows, David Douglas, MD, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, CA, and Ben Franc, MD, from the University of California in San Francisco, CA.

The fellows spent a week in Washington, DC, and gained firsthand knowledge of Capitol Hill and inside federal agencies. During their whirlwind week, the pair met with officials from Congress; the Food and Drug Administration; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; the National Cancer Institute; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; the National Nuclear Security Administration; the Office of Science and Technology Policy; and several medical societies and trade associations. Topics discussed included domestic isotope production of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), Medicare reimbursement, the approval pathway at FDA, research grant funding, appropriate use criteria, and other issues.

Applications for the 2016 Fellowship will be accepted from September 1 - December 31, 2015. The new Fellows will be selected at the SNMMI Mid-Winter Meeting with the fellowship week to occur at a time mutually agreed upon between February and May 31, 2016.