The world’s pharmacy educators will convene at the 2009 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars: Leading the Revolution in Boston eager to shape the future of global healthcare. With exciting programs for faculty recruitment and retention, pharmacy education assessment, accreditation and leadership, AACP is poised now more than ever to help our members. Conference highlights include new opening general session keynote speaker William Taylor, co-author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, as well as four concurrent science symposiums designed to serve the diversity of our membership. Don’t forget that all Annual Meeting presentations and standing committee reports can be found on the AACP Web site. Join us in Boston July 18-22 for incredible opportunities for growth and development as pharmacy academia continues leading the healthcare education revolution!
Speaker Rod Carter will convene two sessions of the House of Delegates in Boston. On Sunday, all members are encouraged to attend to hear important updates on AACP and from organizations such as ACPE and AFPE. Jeff Baldwin will give his Incoming President’s Address and Keith Herist will share insights on our finances in his Treasurer’s Report. On Wednesday, delegates from more than 110 schools will act on policy statements and other resolutions, including one on eliminating individual member dues! Knowing that there are last-minute changes in plans, AACP asks that delegates check their school’s listing on the AACP Web site for the accuracy of our current delegate list. Contact Mark Anderson by close of business Friday, July 10 with corrections or changes in faculty or administrative delegates and alternates.
We know that you receive MANY requests (too many?!) to complete surveys. We strongly request that you take the time to complete the SCIENCE OF SAFETY survey that has been sent to curriculum chairs and others (as appropriate) at your institution. This FDA-supported survey is essential for continued relationship development between the FDA and academic pharmacy. If you think you should have received a survey and have NOT, please contact Will Lang. Thank you!
Registration for the Experiential Education New Administrators Workshop will open July 17, 2009. This is a “repeat performance” of our highly successful workshop aimed at the unique needs of first-year experiential education administrators (faculty and administrative personnel). The workshop, scheduled for Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2009 at the Sheraton Crystal City in Arlington Va., will provide essential background information and resources to individuals responsible for experiential education programs while creating a support network of key contacts and peers. Topics covered will include ACPE Standards and Guidelines for Experiential Education, key resources for experiential education administrators, operational and budgeting procedures, preceptor development and experiential learning assessment.
The White Papers commissioned as background for the 2009 AACP Curricular Change Summit are now available online. The Summit will be held Sept. 9-12, 2009 at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. College- or school-based teams, with a minimum of three people and maximum of six people, involved in curriculum planning and development are encouraged to participate. The cost per participant is $950. Featured keynote speakers include Drs. Trudy Banta, Judith Boettcher and Kate Dixon. Registration ends July 31 and only 50 spaces remain. For more information visit the AACP Web site.
The AACP Board of Directors is seeking candidates for service on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. AACP President Victor A. Yanchick has asked Council of Deans Chair Patricia D. Kroboth to lead the selection committee, which will make their recommendation to the AACP Board of Directors at the November meeting. The appointee will observe both the January and June 2010 meetings of ACPE and will begin the six-year term in July 2010. Candidates should submit, in hard copy, an original and four copies of the requested materials to AACP no later than close of business Aug. 14, 2009. View the complete call for candidates by visiting the AACP Web site and clicking on Governance, then Board of Directors, Special Projects and Information.
The joint district meetings of NABP and AACP provide a unique opportunity to address not only professional issues affecting today’s pharmacy practice, but also educational matters influencing tomorrow’s pharmacists. Districts 6, 7 and 8 will hold their annual district meeting Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2009 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La. In order to receive the special NABP rate for the conference, attendees must register directly with the hotel via their Web portal by Aug. 31. For more information, visit NABP’s Web site and click on Meetings, then District Meetings.
A new draft research review is available for comment under the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program: Comparative Effectiveness of Recombinant Factor VIIa for Off-Label Indications versus Usual Care. Please visit the AHRQ Web site to review or comment on the report.
AHRQ also has launched new Spanish-language resources: a new monthly online health advice column, Consejos de Salud Para Tí (Health Advice for You); more than 35 consumer guides on healthcare quality, surgery, health conditions and diseases; 30- and 60-second audio spots on health issues such as comparisons of oral medicines for type 2 diabetes and of pain medicines for osteoarthritis; and "Superheroes," a national public service campaign developed in partnership with the Advertising Council to encourage Hispanics to become more involved in their healthcare. Visit the AHRQ Web site to view the agency’s Spanish-language resources. For more information about AHRQ’s Spanish-language resources and outreach, contact Bob Isquith.
Using the latest podcasting technology, AHRQ produces Healthcare 411, weekly audio and video programs featuring the agency’s latest research findings as news and informational stories on current healthcare topics. Visit the Healthcare 411 Web site to learn more.
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation has announced the establishment of the Dr. John A. Gans Pharmacy Student Scholarship in honor of his distinguished career in pharmacy and his support of pharmacy students. The scholarship recognizes full-time pharmacy students who help shape the future of their profession by maintaining active involvement in their school's APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Chapter. Gifts to the scholarship can be made online through the APhA Foundation Web site.
The 2009 Advancing Ethical Research Conference: Navigating the Future Using the Belmont Compass, hosted by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), will be held Nov. 14-16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Attendees will gain important insights, fresh strategies, and will develop essential skill-sets through a series of sixteen concrete and stimulating panel presentations and discussions. For more information on the conference, visit the PRIMER 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.