January 17, 2012 E-lert

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January 17, 2012 E-lert 

U.S. Surgeon General Supports Advanced Pharmacy Practice

Earlier this week, the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, issued a letter of support to the U.S. Public Health Service Chief Professional Officer of Pharmacy, RADM Scott Giberson commending the publication of the report, Improving Patient and Health Systems Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice. In the letter, the Surgeon General states, “This report provides the evidence health leaders and policy makers need to support evidence-based models of cost effective patient care that utilizes the expertise and contributions of our nations’ pharmacists as an essential part of the healthcare team.” AACP will be scheduling a Webinar for AACP members with RADM Scott Giberson, lead author on the report, so look for this upcoming announcement.

Registration for the 2012 AACP Interim Meeting Ends Soon!

Online registration for the 2012 AACP Interim Meeting, Teams That Work: Effective Group Leadership in Pharmacy Education, closes on Wednesday, Jan. 25 so don’t delay! The intimate setting of Interim Meeting allows deans and department chairs to network with peers from universities across the country. Sessions will include case study analysis in mixed groups comprised of attendees from different institutions, as well as roundtable discussions focused on peer coaching and project planning. Visit the 2012 AACP Interim Meeting Web site to register by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

Call for Abstracts – June 2012 Integrating Quality Meeting

AACP is partnering with the Association of American Medical Colleges and several other associations in planning the 4th Annual Integrating Quality Meeting, June 7-8, 2012 in Rosemont, Ill. Abstracts for poster presentations, interactive workshops, and a small number of panel presentations are sought in the following areas:

  • Integrating the Academic and Clinical Quality Missions
  • Team-Based Interprofessional Approaches to Quality Improvement
  • Student and Trainee Initiatives in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Faculty Development and Scholarly Careers in Quality and Performance Improvement

For additional call details and instructions for submitting an abstract online, please visit the AAMC Web site. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

AACP Member Needs Assessment Survey Update

AACP members can expect to receive an electronic survey from the Center for Association Resources this week. The average time to complete the survey is less than 30 minutes. The data collected will be used exclusively by AACP leaders and staff in strategic planning efforts to enhance and evolve the organization, develop new program offerings and improve the value of the organization to its members, constituents and the profession as a whole.

Call for Annual Meeting Educational and Research Poster Abstracts

The Council of Sections (COS) invites AACP members to submit educational and research poster abstracts for the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting Poster Session on Sunday, July 15 and Monday, July 16 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. If you are interested in submitting an abstract for the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting, it must be submitted online via the AACP submission Web site by Wednesday, Feb. 22. More information is available on the AACP Web site.

2012 AACP Annual Meeting Call for Roundtable Discussion Topics

Members are invited to submit topics for two, one-hour roundtable discussion sessions on July 15-16 during the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting. Roundtables are informal discussions of pressing current topics important to the Academy. They provide a venue to both share and learn from educators from other colleges and schools of pharmacy. More information can be found on the AACP Web site. Please submit your topic online by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Renew By January 31 to Keep Your AACP Membership Active

Renew online today to continue receiving the invaluable benefits of an AACP membership. 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. Visit the AACP Web site to renew by Jan. 31, 2012.

2012 Award for Excellence in Assessment – Applications Now Being Accepted

Have you advanced the culture of assessment at your academic institution? If so apply today for the 2012 Award for Excellence in Pharm.D. Program-Level Assessment. This award recognizes outstanding Doctor of Pharmacy assessment programs for their progress in developing and applying evidence of outcomes as part of the ongoing evaluation and improvement of pharmacy education. Submissions are due Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Submission criteria are available on the AACP Web site.

2012 Innovations in Teaching Competition

AACP invites applications from individual members for the 2012 Innovations in Teaching Competition. Applications take the form of course portfolios describing innovative approaches to the teaching/learning or assessment processes in a course, a component of a course, or continuing professional education. Please visit the AACP Web site for more information and criteria for the competition. The deadline for receipt of portfolios at AACP is Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2012 IPEC Institute on Interprofessional Education

Join your health professions colleagues for team-based discussions focused on interprofessional education at the 2012 IPEC Institute, May 21–23 at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Va. Programming will be anchored in the “Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice,” sponsored by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). Teams will leave with an implementation plan for interprofessional education at their institution. Registration will open in mid-February.

Call for Council of Faculties Secretary Nominations

The COF Secretary serves a 3-year term beginning at the end of the July 2012 Annual Meeting and terminating at the end of the July 2015 Annual Meeting. The Secretary is expected to attend appropriate business meetings at the Interim and Annual Meeting to take the minutes and then disseminates the minutes through the Council Web site. You may nominate yourself or an eligible colleague. Please e-mail Dr. John A. Bosso a copy of the candidate’s CV and if you are nominating yourself, please also provide a statement indicating why you desire to serve as secretary of the Council by Feb. 14, 2012. For more information visit the AACP Web site.

Joint Report Addresses Incorporation of MTM into Pharmacy Curricula

APhA and AACP announced the release of the publication: Development and Implementation of Curricula Strategies in Medication Therapy Management by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy – Summary Report of Submissions. The purpose of this report is to provide key information that will assist in the development of curricula strategies to introduce medication therapy management (MTM) in colleges and schools of pharmacy. Each entry in the report contains a summary of the submission with key points, barriers to implementation and key concepts. Both the full and summary reports can be found on the AACP Web site.

Apply Today for the AACP Walmart Scholars Program

The 2012 AACP Walmart Scholars Program will provide $1,000 scholarships to up to 75 student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting in Kissimmee, Florida, July 14-18. Application materials are available on the AACP Web site and are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Questions? Contact Jennifer L. Athay.

AACP Welcomes Two New Employees

Jamie N. Taylor began her role as academic programs assistant at AACP on Dec. 19. Jamie comes to AACP from Marymount University where she worked in the School of Arts and Sciences. Before then, she earned a B.A. in art history at Texas State University and studied Spanish at the University of Costa Rica. Additionally, Jamie spends her free time volunteering for educational programs at Artisphere, an arts center in Arlington, Va. She can be reached at 703-739-2330 ext. 1020 or jtaylor@aacp.org.

Katie C. Owings began her role as research and education program assistant on Jan. 3. Katie is a 2005 graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in media arts and design, corporate communications and a minor in nutrition. Prior to joining AACP, she worked as a production coordinator and project manager for EFX Media, a video and interactive production company in Arlington, Va. During her time at JMU, she was a member of the women’s soccer team and continues to play in her spare time. She can be reached at 703-739-2330 ext. 1026 or kowings@aacp.org.

Pharmacy Workforce Center Technical Advisory Panel

A panel of pharmacy workforce experts from academic pharmacy, HRSA, the Bipartisan Policy Center and several private employers, came to Alexandria, Va. this week to discuss the critical influencers driving change in the pharmacy workforce with the directors of the Pharmacy Workforce Center (previously known as the Pharmacy Manpower Project, Inc.). The findings of this discussion will inform the next generation of workforce research on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and will inform the PWC research agenda. For more information about the Pharmacy Workforce Center or the meeting, please contact S. Whitney Zatzkin.

Deadlines and Reminders        

Partner Organizations

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy

AMCP released the 2012 edition of its managed care pharmacy curriculum. The curriculum includes a week-by-week course description with links to online slide decks and resources. Also included are sample projects and course administration policies. New this year is a sample final exam. Faculty who wish to use the final exam should send a request to AMCP’s April Shaughnessy. Once the request is verified the exam will be sent.

APTR

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) is seeking applications to its Paul Ambrose Scholars Program. This interprofessional learning opportunity takes place in Washington, D.C. each year exposing health professions students to champions for clinical prevention and population health. Information regarding eligibility and application deadlines is available in the APTR Web site.

CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services invites you to participate in the National Medicare Education Program (NMEP) Webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EST. Please register on the CMS Web site by Jan. 18, 2012. Questions? Contact Ms. Carol Blue at 301-657-4254 ext. 333.

NIH

The NIH Pain Consortium is encouraging medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy schools to respond to a new funding opportunity to develop Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs). A Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to develop and disseminate pain management curriculum resources for healthcare professionals and to provide leadership for change in pain management education. The RFP can be found on the Altarum Institute Web site. Proposals are due March 5, 2012.

PQA

As a partner organization, AACP members are able to participate in the 2012 Pharmacy Quality Alliance workgroups. AACP seeks four individual faculty members interested in participating in and contributing to any of the four PQA workgroups. AACP will accept self-nominations from interested member faculty through Jan. 31, 2012. Please forward your CV, a brief letter of interest describing the workgroup in which you are interested in participating, and how your knowledge matches up with that workgroup, to Will Lang. Information about the PQA and its workgroups is available on the PQA Web site.

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