March 19, 2010 E-lert

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March 19, 2010 E-lert 

Call for 2010 Annual Meeting School Poster Abstracts

AACP invites member institutions to submit school poster abstracts for the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting Poster Session at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers in Seattle, Wash. School posters will be displayed during the Welcome Reception on Saturday, July 10. The theme for this year’s school posters is SALT: the Scholarship of Assessment, Learning and Teaching. Each institution may submit one abstract on a first-come, first-serve basis depending on space constraints. The CEO dean must authorize the abstract's inclusion by signing and returning a verification form. Details about the school poster abstract criteria are available on the AACP Web site. Abstracts must be submitted online by Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Register Today for the 2010 AACP Institute

As a follow-up to the AACP Curricular Change Summit, the 2010 AACP Institute, Active Learning and the Pedagogical Change, will focus on evidence-based strategies for active learning to promote critical thinking and problem solving. This hands-on program will emphasize pedagogy that takes into consideration the new generation of learners. The Institute will feature the following outstanding speakers: Zubin Austin, Ph.D., Melissa S. Medina, Ed.D., Patrick T. Jackson, Ph.D., and Sarah Miller, M.S. To learn more about the speakers and register, visit the 2010 Institute Web site. Only 20 openings are left!

Call for Submission of Faces of Change for Pharmacy Practice Videos

The Council of Deans Successful Practices Taskforce: Innovations in Pharmacy Health Care Education was charged to assemble a set of best practices in course design, practice experiences and/or programs designed to prepare students as future pharmacy practice innovators. The “Faces of Change for Pharmacy Practice” project asks each college or school to submit one or more 2-minute video(s) of students answering the following question, “What unique experiences has your college/school provided to prepare you in leading change in pharmacy practice?” Details of the program, including rules, submission directions and a separate submission form can be found on the AACP Web site. For content questions, please contact dean Lee Evans at 334-844-8348 or if you have a technical question, contact Barry McConatha at 334-844-8362.

American Pharmacy Educator Week Call for Discoveries

The 2010 American Pharmacy Educator Week is Oct. 24-30 and AACP plans to once again share your institution’s legacy of discovery with future pharmacy educators. What major breakthroughs have taken place at your institution that advance science and impact patient care? AACP is requesting new information on significant outcomes of faculty research at your institution that will be designed for display on decals posted in school hallways. For more information and to view a discovery highlighted last year, visit the AACP Web site. Please submit all discoveries to Rebecca M. Morgan by April 15, 2010.

AACP Selects Representatives for Pharmacy Quality Alliance

As a member of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, AACP names four members to Alliance workgroups. The following pharmacy educators have been selected to represent AACP in the Pharmacy Quality Alliance workgroups: Donna S. West-Strum, The University of Mississippi; Anandi V. Law, Western University of Health Sciences; Marie A. Smith, University of Connecticut; and Spencer E. Harpe, Virginia Commonwealth University. Many more pharmacy faculty contribute to the workgroups of PQA. For more information, visit the PQA Web site.

Pharmacy Educators Honored at 2010 APhA Annual Meeting

The stars of academic pharmacy shone brightly at the 2010 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., March 12-15, as many members of the Academy were recognized by APhA and its academies. Among those honored was Dr. Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, dean of the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy, who received the Remington Honor Medal, the profession’s highest honor. More than 15 outstanding pharmacy educators received awards at the meeting, as well as 13 newly-appointed Fellows. To view a complete list of award recipients, visit the AACP Web site.

Fall 2009 Profile of Pharmacy Students Now Available Online

AACP members can now access the Fall 2009 Profile of Pharmacy Students by visiting the AACP Web site. The digital publication contains data on applications to first professional degree programs and degrees conferred, and student enrollment in professional and graduate degree programs at the 116 U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy with accredited (full, candidate and pre-candidate status) professional degree programs.

AACP Online Career Center Helpful Tip #3

When posting a position as an employer, be sure to select multiple job categories that describe your position, such as Academic – All, and Academic – Professor – Assistant/Associate/Full or Academic – Chair. Simply hold the Control (Ctrl) key to select more than one category. This will ensure that your job receives the highest possible views by job seekers. Check out the latest positions available on the AACP Online Career Center:

E-mail Maureen Thielemans to post a position on the AACP Online Career Center.

Deadlines and Reminders        

  • 2010 Annual Meeting School Poster Abstracts due
    March 24, 2010
  • American Pharmacy Educator Week Discoveries due
    April 15, 2010  
  • Academic Pharmacy Now Simulations Stories due
    April 15, 2010
  • AACP Institute Registration Deadline
    April 22, 2010
  • President-elect and Speaker of the House Nominations due
    May 1, 2010

Partner Organizations

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health announced that it is seeking public comments on a strategic planning process. NIGMS plans to review existing biomedical research, training and career development activities, and articulate strategies to help build and sustain a skilled and diverse workforce that will most effectively meet national needs for improving health. To submit a comment, visit the NIGMS Web site.


The following opportunities are available through ASHP:

  • The ASHP Foundation is accepting applications for the 2010 Federal Services Junior Investigator Research Grant Program, which supports practice-based research that focuses on optimization of chronic medication use in patients greater than 60 years of age conducted by pharmacist new investigators. Applications and more information are available on the Foundation’s Web site. The deadline to apply is May 7, 2010.
  • The ASHP Foundation’s Literature Awards Program recognizes important contributions to the literature of pharmacy practice in hospital and health systems. For more information and to download an application packet, visit the Foundation’s Web site. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2010.
  • The ASHP Foundation Student Award is presented annually to a pharmacy student for a published or an unpublished paper or report of a completed research project related to pharmacy practice in a hospitals and health systems. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium, a $1,000 expense allowance to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and a plaque. To learn more visit the Foundation’s Web site. Applications are due June 30, 2010.


Educating Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists to Improve Quality (EPIQ) was developed as a quality improvement educational resource to be used by pharmacy faculty and others to educate pharmacy students, pharmacists and other stakeholders about measuring, reporting and improving quality in pharmacy practice. If you would like a copy of the EPIQ program, a complimentary, turn-key quality improvement program for pharmacy students, please contact Terri L. Warholak at 520-235-5529. Visit the PQA Web site for more information.

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