Periodically, in order to ensure that NAPLEX® accurately reflects current practice, the competency statements that comprise the blueprint for the examination are reviewed and revised by a panel of national pharmacy practice experts, then subsequently validated by practicing pharmacists. This spring, NABP is conducting the 2009 National Pharmacy Practice Survey as part of the 2009 validation study on the NAPLEX competency statements. AACP has agreed to assist NABP in publicizing the Survey. You may either receive the survey directly or may be asked to facilitate participation of others. For more information, visit the NABP Web site or call 847-391-4406.
AACP is pleased to announce that the 65 student-faculty recipients for the 2009 AACP/Wal-Mart Scholars Program have been chosen. AACP and Wal-Mart share the commitment to help colleges and schools of pharmacy ensure there is an adequate number of well-prepared individuals who aspire to join the faculties of our expanding programs across the country. The program provides $1,000 travel scholarships to 65 student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the 2009 AACP Annual Meeting and the Teachers Seminar in Boston, Mass., July 18-22. This momentous program continues to grow each year thanks to Wal-Mart’s support and dedication. Congratulations to all who have been selected!
The Is Pharmacy for You? video competition, sponsored by AACP and the Pharmacy Career Information Council (PCIC) gives pharmacy faculty and students the opportunity to produce a video answering the question, “Is pharmacy for you?” The video submission selected will be featured on the AACP Web site, PCIC member organization Web sites, the PharmCAS Web site and on YouTube, and will be used to attract interested students to the profession of pharmacy. Video submissions must be received no later than April 27, 2009. Please view the guidelines and contact Jennifer L. Athay, director of student affairs, if you have any questions.
Several sites from coast to coast have committed to partnering with HRSA for the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) Learning Session 3 – Satellite broadcast scheduled on May 6, 2009 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (EST). To register for the satellite broadcast at a particular site, please visit the HRSA Web site and select PSPC Learning Session 3 – Broadcast Registration found in the “What’s New” section. Be sure to check out PSPC Web sitefrequently as more satellite sites will be added. Questions? Contact Fred Butler regarding program plans or Linda Kwon regarding registration.
AHRQAHRQ released a pair of plain-language guides that examine the effectiveness, safety and adverse effects of various treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee, including glucosamine and chondroitin, fluid injections, arthroscopic surgery, pain medications and other approaches. The consumer guide, Osteoarthritis of the Knee – A Guide for Adults defines the chronic and often debilitating condition. The clinician guide, Three Treatments for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Evidence Shows Lack of Benefit, inncludes the same information but has been designed for people with a clinical background. More information about AHRQ’s guides can be found on their Web site.
ASHPThe American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2009 Literature Awards program invites nominations of an article published in the 2008 calendar year by you, a colleague or faculty member for the 2009 Literature Awards Program. The application deadline is June 1, 2009. To nominate or submit a 2008 publication for the Literature Awards, or for more information about the program, please visit the ASHP Foundation’s Web site. For questions about this program, contact Dr. Cynthia LaCivita, Director of Education and Special Programs, at 301-664-8609. Association for Prevention Teaching and Research The Healthy People Curriculum Task Force has revised the Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework. This Framework is the first structured and comprehensive curriculum agenda for integrating clinical prevention and population health into the education of students across the health professions disciplines. The academic community is encouraged to apply this Framework to curriculum design, evaluation and accreditation efforts. To learn more about the Framework, visit the Association’s Web site. AcademyHealth AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM) abstract selection process is complete and the full conference agenda is now available on AcademyHealth’s Web site. The final 2009 ARM agenda features more than 150 sessions organized around 21 themes addressing the implications of using research findings to inform decision-making. Keynote speaker, Dr. Julio Frenk, will discuss the need for better research translation and the connection between the research community and healthcare reform during his opening presentation, “Moving from Research to Policy in Health System Reform.” The conference will be held June 28-30 in Chicago, Ill. Early registration discounts are available until April 28 so register today.
BIT Life SciencesBIT Life Sciences is organizing the 7th Annual Congress of International Drug Discovery Science and Technology (IDDST) as part of their dedication to offer professionals in the drug discovery field a multidisciplinary platform to learn about the latest scientific updates and current industry standards. The congress, with the theme “Milestones of Innovative Therapeutics,” will be held Oct. 22-25, 2009 at the Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center in Shanghai, China. For more information about the congress, visit its Web site.
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Founded in 1900, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) is a national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education and educators. Comprising all accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy including more than 6,400 faculty, 57,000 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,700 individuals pursuing graduate study, AACP is committed to excellence in pharmacy education.