AACP is now accepting nominations for its top three awards in pharmacy education: Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award, Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award and Volwiler Research Achievement Award. Recipients of the three awards will be announced by the AACP Board of Directors in spring 2012. Recipients will be honored at the AACP Awards Plenary during the 2012 Annual Meeting in Kissimmee, Florida. 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.
While the 2011 American Pharmacy Educator Week has passed, AACP hopes you will find special ways throughout the year to thank your institution’s pharmacy educators for their hard work and dedication as they create the next generation of pharmacists, researchers, scientists and hopefully educators. Don’t forget to send your stories and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EST for inclusion in the Jan/Feb/March 2012 edition of Academic Pharmacy Now.
The 2012 AACP Interim Meeting, Teams That Work: Effective Group Leadership in Pharmacy Education, will continue to focus on the development priorities for deans and department chairs. Emotional intelligence, managing up and understanding the legal environment of higher education are featured topics for this program. AACP encourages administrative teams from each college or school to attend together. Stay tuned for more information about the meeting, Feb. 11-14 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, Calif., including registration dates and session topics.
The American Pharmacists Association and OptumRx announced the launch of Pharmacy is Right for Me, an educational initiative designed to encourage students in grades 8 through 12 to pursue careers in pharmacy. The program is designed to provide students, their families and educators with information and resources about the career opportunities available in the pharmacy field and includes materials on the history of pharmacy, groundbreaking discoveries and the challenges ahead. The interactive Web site includes a self-assessment test, fun facts, career profiles, video testimonials and educational requirements. If your school or organization is interested in becoming a partner, please contact Pharmacy is Right for Me.
ASHP is beginning the process of updating the ASHP Accreditation Standard for Pharmacy Technician Training Programs. The process begins with the distribution of the Technician Standards Update Survey, which is currently available to pharmacy technician training program directors and all other interested parties, including pharmacy academia. Following the gathering of survey input, a group of experts will review and consider this information to develop the first draft of the updated standard. This draft will be made available for comment in spring 2012. Contact the ASHP Accreditation Services Division with any questions.
Mortar & Pestle Society
Earlier this month the Mortar & Pestle Society, which supports the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Alexandria, Va., launched a new Web site. The Apothecary Museum celebrated American Pharmacists Month with displays each Saturday at the Old Town Alexandria farmers market and an open house on the first Saturday in October at the museum.
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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.