Mark your calendars for American Pharmacy Educator Week, Oct. 25-31, 2009! The CEO dean of each college or school of pharmacy has received their American Pharmacy Educator Week toolkit to help you celebrate this historic week. Perhaps your school decides to host a booth at a career fair to suggest pharmacy education as an exciting career choice, or maybe you will host a reception for students to meet the dean and other educators to foster stronger relationships between students and faculty. Send your American Pharmacy Educator Week stories and pictures to Rebecca Morgan, AACP director of communications, by Dec. 15 for inclusion in the Jan/Feb/Mar edition of Academic Pharmacy Now.
As part of AACP’s continuing commitment to make academic careers more visible, we will again be exhibiting at national and regional meetings in the coming months. These include the ACCP, AAPS, ISPOR and APhA Annual Meetings, as well as the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. We will also be attending the APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meetings. We invite faculty or staff that will be attending any of these meetings to assist us at our booth and promote academic careers to potential educators. For more information, contact Maureen Thielemans, communications manager, at 703-739-2330 ext. 1022.
Through experiences in the Donald C. Brodie AACP Scholar-in-Residence Program, scholars are able to develop, implement and participate in projects that further their expertise and enhance the goals of pharmacy education. Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year are due Dec. 1, 2009. Applicants should focus their proposals on AACP Strategic Priorities. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit the AACP Web site. Applications may be submitted to Brad Miller, program manager. Questions? Contact Robert (Buzz) Kerr, AACP vice president of academic affairs, at 703-739-2330 ext. 1013.
The AACP/AAAS Congressional Fellowship Program places highly qualified pharmacy scholars within the offices of individual members of Congress or Congressional committees in which they serve as full-time Congressional staff members. Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year are due Dec. 1, 2009. Applicants should focus their proposals on AACP Strategic Priorities. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit the AACP Web site. Applications may be submitted to S. Whitney Zatzkin, policy and professional affairs associate. Questions? Contact William G. Lang, AACP vice president of policy and advocacy, at 703-739-2330 ext. 1038.
*Please note: AACP will select one scholar or fellow from both programs’ pool of applicants.
AACP, the Case Management Society of America and Auburn University have teamed to offer pharmacy educators an innovative workshop, Motivational Interviewing Training Institute, which focuses on motivating patients to make life-long health behavior changes (through addressing patient ambivalence and resistance) and identifying dynamic interviewing tools. Two dates are still available in 2009: Oct. 23-25 and Dec. 4-6. Early-bird registration for the Dec. 4-6 session ends Nov. 4. For more information and to register for either session, visit the Case Management Society of America Web site.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has issued two large funding announcements for comparative effectiveness research and dissemination projects: Recovery Act 2009 Limited Competition: AHRQ Clinical and Health Outcomes Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness (CHOICE) Grants (R01) and Recovery Act 2009 Limited Competition: Innovative Adaptation and Dissemination of AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Research Products (iADAPT) (R18). For more information on both opportunities, visit the AHRQ Web site.
AHRQ has made available a free toolkit to help researchers obtain potential research participants' informed consent and authorization to use their health data in accordance with the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA). The AHRQ Informed Consent and Authorization Toolkit for Minimal Risk Research includes recommendations for improving the informed consent and authorization process; sample consent and HIPAA authorization documents in English and Spanish; and recommendations for adapting and testing the documents. Visit the AHRQ Web site to learn more.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC has released funding opportunities authorized through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). “Communities Putting Prevention to Work" is a $373 million community capacity-building program for instituting population-based policy, systems and environmental change in communities and schools to (1) decrease overweight/obesity prevalence; increase levels of physical activity; improve nutrition; and/or (2) decrease tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Pre-application Webinars will be posted on the CDC Web site under “Schedule Pre-Application Conference Calls and Webinars.”
University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky is offering a free online continuing professional education opportunity, How to Protect Your Office-based Opioid Addiction Practice. Pharmacy educators are invited to participate in this new online educational activity and earn up to four AMA PRA Category I Credits™ of continuing medicine education or 4.0 contact hours/0.4 CEUs of continuing pharmacy education credits free of charge. To view the activity, visit the CECentral Web site.
United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is seeking pharmacy compounding practitioners and scientists from diverse fields to apply or recommend candidates for the 2010-2015 Council of Experts, Expert Committees, and Expert (Advisory) Panels. The USP Council of Experts and its Expert Committees form the scientific decision-making body of USP and the National Formulary, the drug standards-setting compendia for the United States and many other countries. Two opportunities exist to get involved with compounding: Monographs–Compounding Expert Committee and General Chapters–Physical Analysis Expert Committee. For application deadlines and to apply or recommend candidates, visit the USP 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.