February 19, 2009

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February 19, 2009 

Be on the Look-Out for Upcoming AACP Technology Enhancements

AACP is preparing to launch a new Web site during the 2009 Interim Meeting. The new site is “clean and bright” with new features for members and site visitors such as a dynamic pharmacy school locator, live newsfeed and a robust search tool.  We hope that you will find it easier to navigate than our current site.  To launch the site, we must “black out” our current site for 48 hours.  Please note that on February 21, the AACP site will be inaccessible.  Our new site will go live immediately following the blackout date on February 23.  For any questions regarding this change, please contact Rebecca M. Morgan, AACP director of communications at 703-739-2330 ext. 1032. 

2009 Interim Meeting is Right Around the Corner!

Want to attend the 2009 Interim Meeting but didn’t have time to register online? Don’t worry! On-site registration will be available throughout the conference. The AACP registration desk will be located in the Arlington Ballroom Foyer on the first floor of the Crystal Gateway Marriott and open during the following times:

Saturday, February 21    3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 22      7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, February 23    7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24    7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Submit Applications for the Academic Leadership Fellows Program

AACP is now accepting applications for the 2009-10 Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP). We believe the collective contributions of AACP and our member colleges and schools has created a world-class, transformative leadership program for academic pharmacy of benefit to individuals, institutions and society for many years to come. We invite nominations for this unique academic leadership development opportunity. For the current brochure and application materials, visit the AACP Web site. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 13, 2009, so don’t delay!

Call for Committee Volunteers

If you haven’t already submitted your request to volunteer on an AACP committee during the 2009-2010 academic year, please submit your request via the form located on the AACP Web site by Monday, March 16. President-elect Baldwin also welcomes your suggestions for priorities for committees or the Association for 2009-2010.

AACP Selects “Science of Safety” Grant Investigators

AACP has selected a team of researchers to fulfill the proposal “A baseline evaluation of the integration of the “Science of Safety” into the curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy.” The $90,000 dollar grant will go to primary investigator Dr. David Holdford at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and co-investigators Drs. Terri Warholak at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Donna West from The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. This project will provide an extensive literature review, key informant interviews, five case studies and a survey that will include all the accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy. AACP asks each member college and school of pharmacy to be on the lookout for the survey that will be developed over the next few months. Please see that this survey receives timely attention by the appropriate individual(s).

The final report is due to the FDA by September 2009.

 

 Tip of the Month

As a participating school, the PharmCAS Web pages market your school to students who might otherwise not be aware of or considering your program; this can also help to diversify the quality of the applicant pool. The high caliber students who choose to apply to your program may be the next stars to represent your program within the profession.       

Get LinkedIn with AACP

Our LinkedIn page offers you the chance to show your interest in AACP while also sharing insights and ideas with other Association members and interested parties. Simply click on the link to get connected with AACP through LinkedIn! 

Partner Organizations

Duquesne University

Duquesne University and Dr. Cindy Iannarelli, founder of the Bernelli Foundation, is seeking participants for Pharmacy in Italy: A Program for Duquesne Pharmacy Alumni, Family and Friends, June 8-16, 2009. Become familiar with the Italian healthcare system, explore pharmacy entrepreneurial opportunities and interact with local pharmacists while visiting Milan, Venice, the Lake Garda region and the Dolomites. The experience includes an intercultural immersion in a medieval village and rural community, with participants visiting pharmacy settings and meeting healthcare providers. To reserve a place by March 1, 2009, visit the Bernelli Foundation Web site or call 412-220-2500 ext. 1.

HRSA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are currently seeking applicants for the 2009 Faculty Loan Repayment Program. The Faculty Loan Repayment Program helps eligible health professions faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds to repay their student loans. The program provides as much as $20,000 a year to eligible faculty members who apply to and are selected to receive funding in return for a 2-year service commitment. For more information about the Faculty Loan Repayment Program, please visit the HRSA Web site.

HRSA Pharmacy Services Support Center (PSSC)

Poisonings are second only to motor vehicle crashes as a leading cause of unintentional injury death; first for 35 to 54 years olds. National Poison Prevention Week is March 15-21, 2009 and we encourage you to partner with your local poison center to commemorate this important week.  Download the new National Poison Prevention Planner and find out how to raise awareness in your community. The planner is filled with ideas for events and activities, fact sheets about poisonings, information about how to partner with your local poison center and planning tips to promote your events with the media and local community.

NACDS

The NACDS Foundation, with support from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, has established the annual NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Faculty Award to recognize a pharmacy school faculty member who has made significant contributions to the practice of community pharmacy. A $5,000 award will be bestowed upon the recipient’s academic institution, for a project in the recipient’s area of community pharmacy practice. The first award will be given in 2009 at the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference in Boston, Mass. and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2009. For more information about the award or to download an application, please visit the NACDS Web site.

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