April 16, 2010 E-lert

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April 16, 2010 E-lert  

AACP Election Nominations

AACP seeks qualified candidates for two important elected positions: AACP President-elect for 2011-2012 and Speaker of the House for 2011-2013. AACP bylaws require the rotation between a dean and a faculty pairing for president on alternate years, and this year we seek interest for President-elect nominees from individuals who are deans, associate or assistant deans, or equivalent administrative titles. Interested candidates may obtain more information by contacting Dr. Victor A. Yanchick, chair of the AACP Nominating Committee, or Dr. Lucinda L. Maine.

Election of Speaker-elect will occur in Seattle during the 2010 Annual Meeting and Seminars. The Speaker-elect serves one year (non-board position) prior to assuming the duties of Speaker in July 2011. He/she will preside over the 2012 and 2013 House of Delegates. For more information, please contact Dr. John A. Pieper, AACP Speaker of the House, or Dr. Lucinda L. Maine.

Interested candidates for AACP President-elect and Speaker of the House should submit a letter of intent, not exceeding two pages, and curriculum vitae to Melinda D. Colón by May 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Register Today for First Enhancing Diabetes Care Regional Meeting!

AACP announces four regional educational programs modeled after the interprofessional team-based performance improvement processes used by the HRSA Collaborative. The Enhancing Diabetes Care through an Interprofessional Approach to Performance Improvement regional meetings offer an opportunity for learning a successful proven approach to team performance improvement in the delivery of care to diabetic patients with a focus on underserved populations. Registration is $25 per person. Questions? Contact Robert (Buzz) Kerr at 703-739-2330 ext. 1013. Visit the AACP Web site to register for the first meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. and to learn more about the following regional meeting dates and locations:

  • May 21, 2010: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • June 8, 2010: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • July 29, 2010: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • August 25, 2010: The University of Mississippi, Jackson, Miss.

Apply Today for AACP Community Engagement Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010-11 AACP Award for Transformative Community Service and the AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award, sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Both awards applications, in PDF format, are due to Melinda D. Colón by June 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. More information about all AACP award programs can be found on the AACP Web site.

Academic Pharmacy Now Call for Stories

AACP requests stories on the following two topics for the July/August/September issue of our quarterly magazine: 1) what are some leadership development models utilized at your college or school of pharmacy and 2) how are your colleges and schools of pharmacy advancing science, improving health and stimulating economic growth with funding provided to federal public health agencies including NIH, CDC and HRSA, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act? Please submit your stories to Rebecca M. Morgan, AACP director of communications, by June 1, 2010.

AACP Selects Congressional Fellow

AACP is proud to announce the selection of E. Paul Larrat, Ph.D., as the AACP/AAAS Congressional Fellow for 2010-2011. Larrat is associate dean and professor of epidemiology at The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. The fellowship is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and provides scientists the opportunity to bring their knowledge and skills into the public policy development process. Larrat will serve his fellowship as a member of the personal staff for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate, or as professional staff to a House or Senate committee.

Take Action with New Advocacy Materials!

Several new documents have been added to the Policy and Advocacy section of AACP’s Web site to encourage members to engage in advocacy and outreach efforts relating to academic pharmacy. Read AACP’s testimony submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and learn more about proposed FY11 program funding for programs of interest to academic pharmacy.

AACP Online Career Center Helpful Tip #5

To post a position for 60 or 90 days, click ‘yes’ to Repost Automatically when creating your job. Next, simply purchase the desired number of Single Job Listings at 30 days each. The additional posting credits will remain in your account as a balance and will be used to repost your position automatically at the end of each 30-day time period. Check out the latest positions available on the AACP Online Career Center:

E-mail Maureen Thielemans to post a position on the AACP Online Career Center.

Global Pharmacy Education to be Discussed at Pan American Conference in Brazil

AACP is once again supporting and participating in the Pan American Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which will be held May 24-26, 2010 at the Embaixador Hotel. Themes that will be discussed include accreditation, basic curriculum and pharmaceutical care across the Americas. To receive more information about the conference, contact AACP’s delegate Dr. Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner.

Deadlines and Reminders        

  • AACP President-elect and Speaker of the House Nominations due
    May 1, 2010  
  • Enhancing Diabetes Care Regional Meeting, Minneapolis, Minn.
    May 21, 2010
  • APN Leadership Models and ARRA Funding Stories due
    June 1, 2010
  • 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars, Seattle, Wash.
    July 10-14, 2010

Partner Organizations

University of Florida

The University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the availability of an online course in veterinary pharmacy for pharmacy students. Registration for the summer 2010 course begins immediately and closes May 3, 2010.  The course begins May 10 and ends July 31, 2010. For more information on course objectives, dates, tuition or registration instructions, visit the UF College of Pharmacy Web site.

AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health have re-issued three program announcements related to understanding and promoting health literacy programs. Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov and letters of intent must be submitted 30 days before the application due date:

ASHP

The Award for Excellence in Medication-Use Safety is the only award program to honor a pharmacist-led multidisciplinary team for its significant institution-wide system improvements relating to medication use. The $50,000 award, which is sponsored by the Cardinal Health Foundation, recognizes on a national level pharmacy professionals who have assumed a leadership role in promoting safety in the medication-use process. Visit the ASHP Foundation Web site to apply by April 29, 2010.

HHS and CMS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) debuted an initial Open Government Plan to encourage executive departments and agencies to take action to implement the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration. As part of this initiative to promote open government, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Medicare Dashboard Beta, an electronic tool that uses inpatient hospital payment and volume information to visualize trends in the use of and costs for certain covered services under original fee-for-service Medicare. To view the Open Government Plan and the new CMS tool, visit the HHS Web site and the CMS Web site. 

Institute of International Education

The Core Fulbright Scholar competition for 2011-2012 is now open. More than 800 grants are available for teaching, conducting research or combining both in over 125 countries around the world. The deadline to apply is Aug. 2, 2010. For information on Fulbright Scholar Awards, visit the Institute’s Web site. Questions? E-mail the Institute.

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