Register now to attend the 2011 AACP Interim Meeting, Transformational Leadership: Deans and Chairs As Agents of Change, Feb. 26-March 2, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah hotel in Savannah, Ga. The meeting has parallel tracks: one for current assistant, associate and CEO Deans and one for department chairs of colleges and schools of pharmacy. Session topics for department chairs and those faculty who aspire to become department chairs include faculty recruitment, retention and development, and working effectively with conflict, while deans will discuss providing value in healthcare and engage in a noteworthy practice forum, just to name a few of the many leadership development opportunities. Visit the 2011 AACP Interim Meeting Web site to register by Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.
Renew your AACP membership by Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 to continue receiving all the great benefits, services and opportunities that come with being an AACP member. In order to submit Annual Meeting special programming, abstracts or school posters you must be an AACP member. Want to receive low registration rates at must-attend meetings, or be eligible for funding sources for research initiatives? Then you must be an AACP member. To ensure your benefits continue, visit the AACP Web site and renew your membership online by Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.
The AACP Professional Affairs Committee has issued two 2010-2011 Calls for Successful Practices in Academic Pharmacy that focus on collaborations of our members in the areas of education, service and research that is or can potentially affect the role of the pharmacist in patient-centered care; and faculty development and retention strategies. Two-page summaries of current practice examples from the categories are due by Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 for inclusion in the online compendium. For more information please visit the AACP Web site or contact S. Whitney Zatzkin, manager of policy and advocacy.
The 2011 AACP Walmart Scholars Program will provide $1,000 scholarships to 65 student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the 2011 AACP Annual Meeting and Teachers Seminar in San Antonio, Texas, July 9-13. Application materials are available on the AACP Web site and are due at AACP by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Questions? Contact Jennifer Athay.
Are you interested in practicing with, creating or providing input into researching the best-use of health information technologies such as the electronic health record? If so, the Pharmacy e-HIT Collaborative is seeking volunteers! The HIT Collaborative is an organization supported by several national pharmacy organizations, including AACP. If you would like to join the Collaborative advisory work group, please e-mail Will Lang and he will forward your information to Shelly Spiro, collaborative director.
Members are invited to submit topics for two, one-hour roundtable discussion sessions on July 10-11 during the 2011 AACP Annual Meeting. Roundtables are intended for informal discussions of pressing current topics important to the Academy and to provide a venue to both share and learn from other colleges and schools of pharmacy. More information can be found on the AACP Web site. Please submit your topic online by Wednesday, Feb. 23 by 5:00 p.m. EST.
APhA and AACP have engaged in a project to better understand the current landscape of how MTM is taught in Schools of Pharmacy through a “Call for Successful Teaching Practices in MTM.” These successful practices for providing MTM education in the didactic and experiential curriculum will be used to create a framework of recommendations designed to optimize graduating student pharmacists’ knowledge and application of MTM. Please submit information by Tuesday, March 1, 2011. To access the complete description of the Call for Successful Teaching Practices please visit the APhA Web site.
Below are just some of the many academic pharmacy positions posted on the AACP Online Career Center:
The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), in collaboration with HRSA’s Pharmacy Services Support Center and the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Special Health Issues announced this week that they have expanded the Project CHANCE (Chapters Helping Advocate for Needy Communities Everywhere) awards program. Members are invited to assist their APhA-ASP Chapters submit a proposal for this newly-expanded opportunity. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.
ASHP and ACPE
The Board of Directors of ASHP and ACPE have released the report, Entry-level Competencies Needed for Pharmacy Practice in Hospitals and Health-Systems, which describes the competencies that employers in hospitals and health-systems believe should be achieved by all pharmacy graduates prior to entry into practice or a residency in a hospital or health‐system.
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
The 2011 application cycle for the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is now open. The program introduces health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing public health challenges. Visit the APTR Web site to apply. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.
Healthy People 2020 is an ambitious, science-based, 10-year agenda for improving the health of all Americans. A key component, Education for Health, is an educational roadmap to achieve the Healthy People 2020 goals. The February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine features a series of articles that examine public-health educational needs and goals for the U.S. Using the Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework to Encourage Curricular Change and The Roles of Healthcare Professionals in Implementing Clinical Prevention and Population Health are co-authored by AACP member Susan M. Meyer and Will Lang, AACP vice president for policy and advocacy.
Department of Health and Human Services
The 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards is a new initiative at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that seeks to identify and acknowledge innovative health promotion projects within the last three years that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health status of a community. Eligible organizations must have an innovative project in at least one of three health promotion areas: healthy weight, physical activity or nutrition. Nominations for the awards will be accepted Tuesday, Jan. 18 – Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
The NACDS Foundation seeks researchers who could leverage the results, tools and data from literature to investigate Primary Medication Nonadherence (PMN), which is defined as the failure of a patient to obtain a new medication which their healthcare provider has prescribed. The proposed research project should (1) develop a metric to identify and measure PMN and (2) develop and test a scalable PMN intervention which could be further implemented to improve patient adherence rates and therapeutic outcomes. A conference call will be held by the NACDS Foundation on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. EST for interested stakeholders.
National Health Law Program
The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) has issued two reports, The High Costs of Language Barriers in Medical Malpractice and A Guide to Understanding Interpreting and Translation in Health Care. Both reports, as well as the Language Services Resource Guide for Pharmacists and Analysis of State Pharmacy Laws: Impact of Pharmacy Laws on the Provision of Language Services are available on the NHeLP 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.