March 24, 2009 E-lert

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March 24, 2009 E-lert 


AACP Welcomes New Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Robert (Buzz) Kerr comes to AACP having served the Academy for over 30 years in a variety of leadership and academic roles. He is professor emeritus of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He previously served as associate dean for academic affairs at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and held numerous positions at the University of Maryland. An extremely active member in national pharmacy organizations, Buzz served as president of AACP and chair of the Council of Faculties. Buzz earned a bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of California, Davis in 1966 and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1970. He can be reached at 703-739-2330 ext. 1013 or rkerr@aacp.org.
 

Become a 2009 Annual Meeting Exhibitor or Sponsor

Many schools and their faculty have centers, unique programs or services that aim to advance the academic mission. Strengthen and secure vital business affiliations and exposure by taking advantage of exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at the 2009 Annual Meeting, July 18-22, in Boston, Mass. To learn more, check out the 2009 Annual Meeting Exhibitor Prospectus. The last day for exhibitors and sponsors to receive early-bird rates is Monday, April 13. Join us in Boston for all of the incredible opportunities for growth and development as pharmacy academia continues Leading the Revolution!
 

2008 Profile of Pharmacy Students Online

The Fall 2008 Profile of Pharmacy Students publication is now available online. AACP added five additional questions to the 2008 survey that collected student progression rates. The national results are published on Tables 8 and 9 in the Profile. Trend data on the number of applications, degrees conferred and enrollments by college/school is also available to download or create graphs in the Institutional Research/Trend Data section of the Web site.
 

Deadline Approaching for Is Pharmacy For You? Video Competition

The Is Pharmacy for You? video competition, sponsored by AACP and the Pharmacy Career Information Council (PCIC), gives pharmacy faculty and students the opportunity to produce a video answering the question, “Is pharmacy for you?” The video submission selected will be posted on the AACP Web site, PCIC member organization Web sites, the PharmCAS Web site and on YouTube, and will be used to attract interested students to the profession of pharmacy. Video submissions must be received no later than April 27, 2009. Please view the guidelines and contact Jennifer Athay, director of student affairs, if you have any questions.  
 

Community Engagement Awards Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009-10 AACP Award for Transformative Community Service and the AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award, sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The deadline for applications for both awards is June 1, 2009.  More information about all AACP award programs can be found on the new AACP Web site under Career Development, Resources
 

Register Now for Dean’s Discovery Leadership Program

The Dean’s Discovery Leadership Program is a 2.5-day experience that offers pharmacy deans an opportunity to learn more about their own leadership talents and how they can increase levels of performance for themselves and their associates. The program was designed by the Gallup Higher Education Division of the Gallup Corporation, AACP’s partner in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program. The workshop will be conducted at the Gallup Riverfront Campus in Omaha, Neb., Oct. 14-16, 2009. For more information about this invaluable seminar, visit the AACP Web site. To register, contact Kenneth W. Miller, senior vice president, at 703-739-2330 ext. 1039 by June 5, 2009.
            

PharmCAS Tip of the Month

PharmCAS customer support can help you and your applicants with questions that arise, which can reduce the number of calls to your office. A great majority of the questions that arise from applicants are already addressed in the PharmCAS instructions and within the FAQ section of the PharmCAS Web site.  
 
 

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University of Florida
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the availability of an online course in veterinary pharmacy for pharmacy students. The goal of this Web-based course is to assist pharmacy students in developing new skills and a knowledge base in veterinary pharmacy so they can confidently provide care for animal patients. This course will address the need for veterinary pharmacy curricular offerings by using distance education technology. Registration for the summer 2009 course begins immediately and closes May 4. The course begins May 11 and ends July 31, 2009. Visit the UF College of Pharmacy Web site for more information on course objectives, dates, tuition or registration instructions.
 
AMP
Americans for Medical Progress is pleased to announce the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach for 2009-2010. Designed to support innovative projects in peer education on the necessity and humane nature of animal research, the Fellowship is open to college students and young adults. The deadline for application is April 30, 2009. For more information, please visit the fellowship Web site.
 
AHRQ
Registration is now open for the AHRQ-sponsored 2009 National Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) Research Conference scheduled for June 24-26. The conference features presentations of PBRN research findings and research in progress, poster sessions reporting on new PBRN activities and workshops for more in-depth learning and exchange of ideas on methods and issues of importance to PBRN researchers. Visit the PBRN Web site to register; there is no fee to attend.
 
Health Resources and Services Administration
Registration for the third Learning Session of the HRSA Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative is now open and can be accessed through the HRSA Knowledge Gateway under “What’s New.” The event will take place May 6–7 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. The Grand Hyatt reservation code can be found in the “About the Meeting” section when registering. This exciting national event will feature teams from around the country working to improve patient safety and health outcomes through the integration of clinical pharmacy services.
 
NIH
The National Institutes of Health recently announced American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for administrative supplements to existing NIH grants and $21 million over two years has been allocated for educational opportunities in NIH-funded laboratories for students and science educators. This funding opportunity is for faculty who already have an NIH grant. They can apply for supplements up to $25,000 for employing students or science educators in their labs for the summer.
 
National Rural Health Association
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is soliciting concurrent session and poster proposals for the 2009 Conference on Medication Use in Rural America. This conference will take place Sept. 9-11, 2009 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. This is a great opportunity to share effective practices, issues and research, as well as insights and best practices addressing the many issues facing rural patients and providers related to medication access, use and safety. Posters will be set up throughout the conference and a "Meet the Researchers" session is scheduled during the conference. Visit the NRHA Web site to access the submission form.
 
USP
U.S. Pharmacopeia is seeking qualified candidates to serve as scientific decision makers on the 2010-2015 Council of Experts and its Expert Committees. Individuals may nominate themselves or a colleague on the USP Web site.  Members of the Council of Experts will chair 20 Expert Committees in areas such as Nomenclature, Small Molecules, Biologics and Biotechnology, Excipients, General Chapters, Reference Standards, Compounding, Food Ingredients and Dietary Supplements. USP also is seeking candidates for Expert Panels, which will be formed to provide additional expertise in specific areas. The deadlines for applications are Dec. 31, 2009 for Council of Experts members and May 15, 2010 for Expert Committee members.

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