How does AACP assist members in attracting, motivating, developing and retaining the highest quality and most diverse faculty, students, administrators and professional staff?
A strong pharmacy Academy requires continuous robust leadership. AACP plays a vital role by helping gifted faculty prepare for roles as future academic leaders. Through Academic Leadership Fellows Program, pharmacy school deans nominate faculty, mentor fellows during their ALFP year and facilitate development sessions.
ALFP is now enrolling its 10th cohort. This brings the total number of participants to nearly 300 since the program began.
An advisory committee is being convened to reflect on the first decade of ALFP. The committee will put forth recommendations to ensure that participants continue to flourish through this superlative professional development opportunity.
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) hosted an encore faculty-development institute, Building Your Foundation for Interprofessional Education, in October 2012. Sixty-five institution-based teams of three to five professionals participated in the program, held in Atlanta. Each team represented various facets of healthcare, including pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, nursing, osteopathic medicine and public health. Participants engaged in interactive sessions to learn the core competencies of interprofessional teamwork and developed an implementation plan for their institution. This brings the number of 2012 IPEC Institute participants to over 450 individuals from almost 90 teams.
Building upon the success of the foundational faculty development institutes, IPEC also offered Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, held in Herndon, Virginia. The goal of the institute was to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment of learners in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care. Three additional institutes will be offered in the coming year.
As an IPEC founding organization, AACP promotes team collaboration in the education and practice of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. The additional founding members are the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Dental Education Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Schools of Public Health.
Developing future faculty is the focus of the AACP Walmart Scholars Program. Through its innovative design, the program brings Pharm.D. graduate students, residents and fellows to the AACP Annual Meeting to strengthen their commitment to an academic pharmacy career.
The number of scholarships increased from 75 in 2012 to 85 in 2013. During the program’s eight-year history, nearly 500 scholarships have been granted.
Faculty recruitment receives key support from the AACP exhibit program. During the past year, AACP exhibited at three national and five regional meetings. The booth promoted not only the benefits of AACP membership, but also the rewards that come from a career in academic pharmacy.
AACP staff and volunteers engaged with attendees at meetings hosted by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, in Hollywood, Fla., the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, in Las Vegas, and the American Pharmacists Association in Los Angeles. AACP also set up table-top displays at five regional APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists meetings.
Staff are currently evaluating the exhibit strategy with an eye toward enhancements. As value-adding ideas are considered, faculty recruitment is top of mind.
The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) completed its tenth cycle this year with 110 participating institutions, up from 103 last year. In the 2012–13 admissions cycle, PharmCAS experienced a 1.2 percent increase in the number of applicants and a 0.6 percent decrease in the number of applications submitted, with an average of 4.57 applications per applicant, which is a 1.8% decrease from the previous year. This decrease is due to applicants applying to fewer schools. The accompanying tables display additional data. Promoting student diversity and access to pharmacy education, AACP continued the PharmCAS fee waiver program for financially disadvantaged applicants.
Applicants (Number of Schools)
Applications (Number of Schools)