The New Investigators Program (NIP), which has been managed by AACP and funded by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) since 1985, has provided an important source of support, both financial and through peer feedback, for new pharmacy faculty members’ research ideas. The recent economic downturn and the market’s volatility has caused AACP to cancel the program due to insufficient funds. AACP hopes that the program will be reinstated next year. For faculty who have crafted a research proposal, an NIH R15 AREA award is also worth pursuing. The Parent program announcement has been extended into September. Questions regarding the R15 program grant should be directed to AACP Senior Vice President Ken Miller.
AACP is looking to award four outstanding, student-led community engagement projects. The deadline to submit applications is June 3. Projects should focus on relating to Healthy People 2010, expanding access to services for special or underserved populations and fostering increased participation of pharmacy students in community-engaged service learning. E-mail applications to Melinda D. Colón, AACP governance programs and meetings manager, by 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 3.
It’s time again to recognize outstanding faculty at AACP regular and associate member colleges and schools of pharmacy. 2009 Teachers of the Year are selected by their institutions and submitted to AACP by their CEO deans. Honorees will be listed in the 2009 Annual Meeting Award Banquet Program and those in attendance will be recognized during the banquet. AACP will use an online submission process for CEO deans to submit the names of individual faculty that were nominated by their college or school. The deadline to submit Teachers of the Year is May 18.
Now more than ever colleges and schools are being asked to demonstrate their value to their surrounding communities. The next APN will feature the positive economic impact that our colleges or schools of pharmacy have on society. Are your faculty and students offering free patient care in an underserved community? Is there an obvious need in your area that faculty has fulfilled? Has the expansion of your programs or facilities created jobs in your state? If so, AACP wants to showcase these examples in our upcoming edition. Send your submissions to Rebecca M. Morgan by June 1. For more information, call Rebecca at 703-739-2330 ext. 1032.
The 2009 AACP Curricular Change 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 which includes 3-nights accommodations; bellman, luggage and housekeeping gratuities; onsite breakfast, lunch and dinner; refreshment breaks; and a welcome reception. Registration opens the first week in June and space is limited.
The Council of Faculties (COF) serves as an advocate for faculty at the national level. It provides a forum dedicated to faculty-specific issues and interests via conferences, seminars, colloquia and task forces. Topics or issues addressed by the COF can include: course content and methods of delivery, curricular content or structure, faculty/administration relationships and others driven by faculty interests or concerns. The Chair, Chair-elect and Immediate Past Chair also serve on the Board of Directors. AACP encourages you to become involved in COF activities and to consider assuming a leadership position. For more information, contact Julianna E. Szilagyi, Chair of the Council of Faculties.
The deadline to register for the Dean’s Discovery Leadership Program is June 5. The 2½-day experience will offer 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, and will be conducted at the Gallup Riverfront Campus in Omaha, Neb., Oct. 14-16, 2009. To register for this invaluable seminar, e-mail Richelle Wilkins or call 703-739-2330 ext. 1040. For more information, visit the AACP Web site or contact Kenneth W. Miller, senior vice president, at 703-739-2330 ext. 1039.
AACP has been requested to initiate the appointment process to replace George R. Spratto as an AACP appointee (2004-2010) to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). 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 Nov. 4-5 meeting. The appointee will observe both the January and June 2010 meetings of ACPE and begin the six-year term in July 2010. ACPE has made important decisions about managing its burgeoning workload, including decisions on what site visits an ACPE Board member must participate. Look for more information and a call for candidates in early June.
AACP has teamed up once again with the Case Management Society of America and Auburn University to offer pharmacy educators an innovative workshop, the Auburn University Motivational Interviewing Training Institute (AU MITI). The workshop focuses on specialized pharmacist communication skills for helping patients decide to make life-long health behavior changes (through addressing patient ambivalence and resistance) and identifying the patient's core motivational issues. Three workshops will be held this year: July 31-Aug. 2, Oct. 23-25 and Dec. 4-6. Be sure to take advantage of early-bird discounts on the Institute tuition. To learn more about the Institute and register, visit the workshop Web site.
When registering for the 2009 AACP Annual Meeting & Seminars, please add a REGISTERED EVENT to participate in the complimentary ALFP Symposium on Saturday, July 18. The symposium is a day-long celebration of shared learning and memories of five successful years of the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program and is by invitation only. Visit the Annual Meeting Web site to register today.
AHRQAHRQ is hosting an invitational symposium on potential methods for conducting comparative effectiveness research (CER) June 1-2, 2009. Sponsored by AHRQ’s Effective Health Care program, through its DEcIDE research network, the symposium aims to provide a forum for scholarly deliberation of new and emerging research methods by scientists working in different disciplines and across settings. To register for the symposium, visit the AHRQ Web site.
APTRThe Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) has selected 40 exceptional interprofessional students as the 2009 Paul Ambrose Scholarship recipients and seven of these students are enrolled in pharmacy programs at AACP member schools. The scholarship program introduces health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing public health challenges. This unique experience provides scholarships for 40 students to attend a three-day leadership symposium and conduct a funded community-based health education project. To view a complete list of winners, visit the APTR Web site.
ORWHThe Office of Research on Women’s Health is updating its research priorities for the National Institutes of Health for the coming decade and is convening a series of four regional scientific workshops and public hearings across the country. The next meeting will convene in San Francisco, May 27-29, 2009 at the University of California, San Francisco. For information on the workshop, the agenda, how to submit testimony, invited speakers and registration and travel information, visit the ORWH Web site.
USPThe U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) is pleased to announce the release of the 2008–2009 USP Pharmacists’ Pharmacopeia—the practical pharmacy resource developed by the volunteer pharmacy experts at USP. Significantly revised and expanded since its last publication, the new USP Pharmacists’ Pharmacopeia provides access to the latest USP–NF standards for pharmacy and veterinary compounding, along with peer-reviewed information to ensure delivery of the highest quality patient care. To learn more about USP’s valuable resources for pharmacists, visit their 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.