The 2010 AACP Interim Meeting, Patient-centered, Team-based Care: Setting the Standard, will offer attendees the opportunity to contemplate a healthcare system reorganized around a commitment to interprofessional education in which graduates make contributions to patient care that are collaborative and centered on the needs of their patients. You won’t want to miss this exciting and innovative conference being held Feb. 7-10 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Register today by visiting the 2010 AACP Interim Meeting Web site.
While American Pharmacy Educator Week has passed, the opportunity to show your support for pharmacy faculty never ends! Please contact the member of the U. S. House of Representatives that represents the district in which your college of school of pharmacy is located and ask him or her to cosponsor HR Resolution 857. For more information on how to contact the office and suggested talking points, visit the AACP Web site. If you do not know your Congressman, visit the AACP Legislative Action Center and enter your institution’s zip code.
The Interim Meeting provides AACP with the opportunity to coordinate visits with meeting attendees and members of Congress and their staff. Don’t miss this chance to share with your Senate and House members what your teaching, research and service means to your students, institution, community and the nation. Signing up for a visit is easy! Simply add “Schedule a Capitol Hill visit” to your online registration form in the drop down menu under the "Registered Events" section. AACP staff will make the appointments for you. Be sure to attend the briefing on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. and you will be well-prepared for your role as an advocate for academic pharmacy.
AACP’s Board of Directors has recently approved the formation of an Assessment Special Interest Group (SIG) and a Pharmacogenomics SIG. The new groups will allow members interested in these two concentrations to discuss them on AACP listservs, enjoy targeted programming and to collaborate. Sign up for either of these groups (or both) by simply editing your member profile on the AACP Web site or by contacting Angie Edwards at 703-739-2330 ext. 1035.
AACP is now accepting nominations for its top three individual recognition awards in pharmacy education: Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award, Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award and Volwiler Research Achievement Award. The awards program celebrates outstanding academicians that exemplify excellence in pharmacy education, biotechnology and research. Recipients of the three awards will be announced by the AACP Board of Directors in spring 2010 and published in the spring 2010 edition of Academic Pharmacy Now. Recipients will be honored at the Examining Excellence Awards Plenary during the 2010 Annual Meeting and Seminars in Seattle, Wash. Criteria and nomination information can be found on the AACP Web site. Nominations must be submitted online no later than Tuesday, Dec. 8 by 5:00 p.m. EST. Please contact Melinda D. Colón with any questions.
Members are invited to submit topics for two, one-hour roundtable discussion sessions on July 11-12 during the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting, in Seattle, Wash. Roundtables are intended for informal discussions of pressing current topics important to the Academy and to provide a venue to both share and learn from other colleges and schools of pharmacy. More information can be found on the AACP Web site. Please submit your topic online by Wednesday, Feb. 24 by 5:00 p.m. EST.
AACP is co-sponsoring "Strategies for a Winning Career in Academic Pharmacy" at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Dec. 6–10, 2009 in Las Vegas. The session will be hosted on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. and is the perfect place to learn about trends in pharmacy education and the benefits and challenges of a career in academia. Target audience for this session includes students, residents, fellows, junior clinical faculty and others interested in clinical practice academic careers in pharmacy. This is an educational CE session with 2.0 contact hours. For details about the session please visit the ASHP Learning Center. To learn more about the other sessions at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, please visit the ASHP Itinerary Planner. Additionally, AACP encourages colleagues to stop by the AACP Booth #2435 and network with fellow pharmacy educators.
The AACP Pharmacy Practice Section holds a Business Meeting and CE Program during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. The meeting and program are scheduled on Monday, Dec. 7 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The program is titled "Highlighting Changes in Experiential Education: Toolkit for Preceptors."
The University of Missouri – Kansas City will be honored with the 2009-2010 AACP Transformative Community Service Award for its major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research.
Four student groups from Midwestern University – Chicago, Purdue University, Creighton University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive the 2009-2010 AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award at the 2010 AACP Interim Meeting, Feb. 7-10, for their outstanding community engagement projects. Award winners will be feted during a special luncheon on Monday, Feb. 8 at noon.
The AACP Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Stephanie F. Gardner, dean and professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, to serve the 2010-2016 term on the ACPE Board of Directors. Her term begins July 1, 2010.
Focusing on the unique needs of administrators and chairs, the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) is announcing the Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP). CAAMP is a 3 1/2-day interprofessional, practical, interactive experience that develops the core competencies necessary to effectively manage departments and academic programs. For details, including an agenda, program dates, past reviews and instructor profiles, visit the AAL Web site, or contact George Weinstein, vice president of educational programs, at 404-350-2098.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) redesigned its Effective Health Care Program Web site to encourage more users to participate in the program and use the agency’s comparative effectiveness research findings in healthcare decision-making. The new Web site features a new graphic design, roll-over explanations, reorganized menus and an enhanced search engine that allows visitors to search easily for research information according to clinical condition, date or keyword. A user’s guide and search help were also added to facilitate ease of use.
The ASHP Student Leadership Award recognizes students with an interest in pharmacy practice in health-systems who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Student pharmacists in the second through fourth professional years may apply. Recipients will receive an award plaque, an ASHP Drug Reference Library and a $2,500 cash award. Applications are due Jan. 30.
HHS seeks comments on the proposed objectives for Healthy People 2020. This comment opportunity allows you and your students to ensure that medication management and adherence issues are recognized as important wellness and disease prevention mechanisms. Proposed objectives are available on the Healthy People Web site. Comments can be provided online through Dec. 31, 2009.
The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) Standards Task Force developed the draft version of the revised PCAB Standards over the course of several months. Many comments were received on the existing PCAB Standards from compounding pharmacists, regulatory bodies and other organizations interested in pharmacy compounding. These comments were addressed by the PCAB Standards Task Force and suggestions were incorporated into the draft version of the revised PCAB Standards. Please e-mail comments on the draft version of the revised standards by Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. To view the current PCAB Standards and PCAB Labeling Guidelines, please visit the PCAB Web site.
The Procter & Gamble Company announced it is voluntarily recalling three lots of its Vicks Sinex nasal spray in three countries: the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. The company is taking this precautionary step after finding the bacteria B. cepacia in product made at its plant in Gross Gerau, Germany. There have been no reports of illness, however, the bacteria could cause serious infections for individuals with a compromised immune system or those with chronic lung conditions, such as cystic fibrosis. To learn more about the recall, please visit the P&G 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.