November 30, 2011 E-lert

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November 30, 2011 E-lert 

AACP Launches Member Needs Assessment Survey

In the coming weeks, you may be contacted to participate in either a telephone or online survey to help AACP identify the needs of its constituents, which include deans, faculty and professional staff. AACP’s survey facilitator, The Center for Association Resources, will be conducting both the telephone and online surveys. Telephone calls will last approximately 15 minutes and will be completed by mid-December. An electronic survey will be sent to members not contacted as part of the telephone survey in early December and will close in early January. Through data collected from these surveys, AACP can continue to provide resources and programming that are relevant to member needs and in turn advance pharmacy education, research and scholarship.

Online Registration is Now Open for the 2011 AACP Interim Meeting

Register today to attend the 2012 AACP Interim Meeting, Teams That Work: Effective Group Leadership in Pharmacy Education, Feb. 11-14, 2012 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, Calif. AACP welcomes back Karl Haden and colleagues from the Academy for Academic Leadership to continue our focus on development priorities for deans and department chairs. AACP encourages administrative teams from each college or school to attend for several strategic, active learning sessions aimed at strengthening our collective management and leadership talent pool. Visit the 2012 AACP Interim Meeting Web site to register by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

2012 AACP Annual Meeting Call for Roundtable Discussion Topics

Members are invited to submit topics for two, one-hour roundtable discussion sessions on July 15-16 during the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting. Roundtables are informal discussions of pressing current topics important to the Academy. They provide a venue to both share and learn from educators from other colleges and schools of pharmacy. More information can be found on the AACP Web site. Please submit your topic online by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Four Dual Degree Students to Receive Scholarships through the Medco Scholars Program

After receiving nearly 200 applications, the Medco Foundation will provide four $10,000 scholarships to dual degree students as part of the new, AACP-administered Medco Scholars Program. The awarded students will receive $2,500 per semester for four consecutive semesters, totaling $10,000 over two years. The 2011 Medco Scholars are Obinna Alu, South University, Pharm.D./MBA Candidate; Timothy Bensman, University of Southern California, Pharm.D./Ph.D. Candidate; Thomas DiPiro, South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Pharm.D./MBA Candidate; and Stefanie Wiegand, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Pharm.D./J.D. Candidate. To learn more about the scholars, visit the AACP Web site.

Don’t Wait to Renew Your Membership

Renew online today to continue receiving the invaluable benefits of an AACP membership. New to members in 2012 will be digital engagement tools such as free Webinars, discussion boards, blogs and wikis, as well as new faculty development and graduate education programs. With more than $1,000 in estimated value, there is no better way to maximize your $100! Online membership renewal is now open for active, affiliate and student members. Visit the AACP Web site to renew by Dec. 31, 2011.

Stop by AACP’s Booth at the 2011 ASHP MCM

AACP invites faculty or staff that will be attending the 2011 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Dec. 4-8, in New Orleans, to stop by our booth #3030! Come share the joy and excitement of an academic career with potential educators.

Final Reminder: Submit Nominations for 2012 AACP Awards

Dec. 1 is the deadline for nominations for AACP’s top three awards in pharmacy education: Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award, Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award and Volwiler Research Achievement Award. Criteria and nomination information can be found on the AACP Web site. Nominations must be submitted online no later than Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Please contact Melinda D. Colón, AACP assistant director of governance programs and meetings, with any questions.

2012 AACP Annual Meeting Call for Special Session Proposals

Members are invited to submit proposals for 90-minute special educational sessions on topics broadly applicable to contemporary pharmacy education for the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting in Kissimmee, Florida, July 14-18. Proposals that include the perspectives of multiple institutions are encouraged for special session submissions. Innovations developed at one school are appropriate for roundtable discussions. If you are interested in submitting a special session for the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting, please visit the programming submission Web site by Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Volunteer for the ASHP Commission on Credentialing

AACP is seeking candidates for a 3-year term of service on the ASHP Commission on Credentialing (COC). The ASHP COC is the committee responsible for the accreditation of pharmacy residency programs and technician training programs. Candidates should submit both a hard copy and PDF versions of the requested materials to AACP no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 31, 2011. View the complete call for candidates by visiting the AACP Web site. Questions? Contact Lynette R. Bradley-Baker.

2012 Innovations in Teaching Competition

AACP invites applications from individual members for the 2012 Innovations in Teaching Competition. Applications take the form of course portfolios describing innovative approaches to the teaching/learning or assessment processes in a course, a component of a course, or continuing professional education. Winners will present at the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting. Please visit the AACP web site for more information and criteria for the competition. The deadline for receipt of portfolios at AACP is Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2012 IPEC Institute on Interprofessional Education

Join your health professions colleagues for team-based discussions focused on interprofessional education at the 2012 IPEC Institute, May 20–23 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, Va. Programming will be anchored in the “Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice,” sponsored by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). Teams will leave with an implementation plan for interprofessional education at their institution. Registration will open in early February 2012.

2012 Award for Excellence in Assessment – Applications Now Being Accepted

The call for applications for the 2012 Award for Excellence in Pharm.D. Program-Level Assessment is now open and submission criteria are available on the AACP Web site. This award recognizes outstanding Doctor of Pharmacy assessment programs for their progress in developing and applying evidence of outcomes as part of the ongoing evaluation and improvement of pharmacy education. Submissions are due Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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AAPS is hosting a free Webinar on Dec. 8 from 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. highlighting careers in academic pharmacy. The Webinar, The Other Side of the Desk: A Career in Academia, will be conducted by Dr. Christopher R. McCurdy of The University of Mississippi and moderated by Dr. Bonnie A. Avery, also from The University of Mississippi. The goal of this Webinar is to identify graduate students and postdocs who have an interest in academics and address some of the common questions they might have in regards to a career in pharmacy education. Visit the Webinar Web site to register today.

Know Your Dose

When used as directed, acetaminophen is safe and effective, but there is a limit to how much you can take in one day. The Know Your Dose campaign is calling on healthcare professionals to help raise awareness of acetaminophen and how to take it appropriately. Visit the Know Your Dose Web site to order free posters, information cards, and a 30-second video to display in waiting areas, examining rooms and pharmacies. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) plans to convert all single-ingredient pediatric liquid acetaminophen medicines to one strength for all children. To learn more about this effort, visit the CPHA Educational Foundation Web site.


As a pharmacist, some of your smallest patients, babies between one month and one year of age, may be at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death for infants in this age range. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and its partner pharmacy organizations created SIDS Risk Reduction: A Continuing Education (CE) Activity for Pharmacists. Pharmacists who successfully complete the course will earn 1.25 credit hours or 0.125 CE Units from the Maryland Pharmacy CE Coordinating Council. Please visit the NICHD Web site to access SIDS Risk Reduction: A CE Activity for Pharmacists.

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