Nearly 1,900 members of the Academy convened in San Antonio earlier this month to attend highly informative special sessions and hear captivating keynote and science plenary speakers. If you were unable to attend the 2011 AACP Annual Meeting, or you just want to revisit the fun, some of the meeting's most memorable moments will be posted on the Annual Meeting Web site in the coming weeks. In addition, if you are interested purchasing educational content from the meeting, the Value Package is now available in the Online Learning Center. Full conference attendees pay just $149 and non-attendees pay $299.
AACP is looking to award four outstanding, student-led community engagement projects. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 3, 2011. Projects should focus on relating to Healthy People 2020 goals, expanding access to services for special or underserved populations and fostering increased participation of student pharmacists in community-engaged service learning. E-mail applications to Melinda D. Colón, AACP assistant director of governance programs and meetings, by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Aug. 3, 2011.
The AACP New Investigator Program will award up to 18 research seed grants with a maximum of $10,000 to individual faculty members starting their academic careers at U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy. For more details and application materials, please visit the AACP Web site. A letter of intent is due Aug. 15, 2011 and applications are due Sept. 15, 2011. This award program was formerly known as the New Pharmacy Faculty Research Awards Program.
Each year at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Alliance for Pharmacist-Provided Patient Care demonstrates the role of the pharmacist in patient care to legislators and meeting attendees by demonstrating clinical pharmacy counseling and services. The Alliance will exhibit during the NCSL legislative meeting, Aug. 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas, and volunteer recruitment will open soon. For more information about the Alliance, please contact S. Whitney Zatzkin.
The AACP Board of Directors is seeking candidates for service on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. The appointee will observe both the January and June 2012 meetings of ACPE and will begin the six-year term in July 2012. Candidates should submit both a hard copy and PDF version of the requested materials to AACP no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. View the complete call for candidates by visiting the AACP Web site.
AACP is pleased to announce a partnership with Medco to facilitate the application process for the new Medco Scholars Program. The program will provide four (4) $10,000 scholarships to enrolled dual degree students each year. The awarded students are given $2,500 per semester for 4 consecutive semesters, totaling $10,000 over 2 years. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. To access the application, please visit the AACP Web site. Questions? Contact Jennifer L. Athay.
AACP is planning to create a page on our Web site focused on pharmacy residencies. The goal of this site is to provide colleges and schools of pharmacy with examples of successful partnership models for establishing residency training, as well as tools to assist in facilitating the development of new partnerships in postgraduate pharmacy education. Please submit any suggestions and/or materials for the Web site to Lynette R. Bradley-Baker, director of professional alliance development.
Colleges and schools of pharmacy can receive free access to USP's electronic publications, up to five copies of the print editions of these publications, and reduced pricing on USP Reference Standards as part of the new USP Academic Pharmacy Resource Program. AACP and USP are collaborating on this program, which also will include curricular resources available through AACP's Curricular Resource Center. For more information and to begin the ordering process, please e-mail USP.
AACP, the NACDS Foundation and the National Consumers League call on academic pharmacy to help raise awareness and improve understanding of the importance of patients taking their medications as prescribed this October. The Medication Adherence Challenge focuses on the important role pharmacists have in helping a patient best understand his or her medications. For more information, please review the Challenge or contact S. Whitney Zatzkin. Letters of Intent from participating schools are due Sept. 9, 2011.
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is accepting nominations for the Association's annual practitioner awards and honors, administered by the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management and the annual scientific awards and honors, administered by the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science. Guidelines for nominations, the nomination form and complete criteria for each award are available on the APhA Web site. Nominations must be received at APhA headquarters by Sept. 15, 2011.
When used as directed, acetaminophen is safe and effective, but there is a limit to how much you can take in one day. The Know Your Dose campaign is calling on healthcare professionals to help raise awareness of acetaminophen and how to take it appropriately. Visit the Know Your Dose Web site to order free posters, information cards, and a 30-second video to display in waiting areas, examining rooms and pharmacies. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) plans to convert all single-ingredient pediatric liquid acetaminophen medicines to one strength for all children. To learn more about this effort, visit the CPHA Educational Foundation Web site.
The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) has just released Enhancing Medication Safety for Patients with Limited English Proficiency, a continuing education course for pharmacists and technicians. Through exercises and video vignettes, pharmacists and technicians learn to communicate with limited English proficiency patients to improve medical outcomes. Visit the APhA Web site to learn more.
The following funding opportunities are available through the PhRMA Foundation. All applications are due Sept. 1, 2011:
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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.