J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D.President, AACPDean, College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Pharmacy, Medicine and Public HealthThe University of Arizona
Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph.Executive Vice President and CEO, AACP
Getting to the Right Tables of Influence
Partnership was a driving force at AACP during the past year. We sought “all the right tables of influence,” pursuing other organizations in education and healthcare that are contributing to the dramatic changes underway in our society. We are pleased to provide a recap of this work in the context of AACP’s 2012-13 broad accomplishments.
Chief among the important tables of influence at which AACP had a seat in 2012 was the unique summit hosted by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. AACP leaders and others from the Academy worked with ACPE to critically examine forces of change in healthcare that should impact the next version of ACPE standards and guidelines for Pharm.D. program accreditation. These guidelines will affect pharmacy education and the Academy’s contributions to society for many years to come.
The Institute of Medicine was another influential table to which AACP was drawn. In partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Research Corporation Technologies, AACP initiated the first IOM anniversary fellowship in pharmacy. Dr. Sam Johnson, clinical pharmacy specialist at Kaiser Rocky Mountain and clinical instructor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now serving in the first of this two-year fellowship. He will be interacting with IOM members during study committees, forums and board meetings.
Our work to advance interprofessional education ensures that pharmacists are integrated as essential team players in healthcare delivery redesign. AACP--along with its five partner organizations in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, representing medicine, nursing, dentistry and public health education--convened two IPE institutes this past year. We’ve planned three more to meet the strong demand for faculty development to accelerate interprofessional learning at our member institutions. Again, the IOM was an important platform for examining IPE. As a founding member of the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education, AACP co-chaired the planning committee for the first two forum workshops, which explored ways to advance IPE across all the health professions and in a global context.
AACP’s interaction with thought leaders continued throughout the year. Cooperative efforts--such as those with the IOM and ACPE along with many others--strengthened our member service to pharmacy schools and educators in multiple meaningful ways. This annual report offers a summary and shines a light on our efforts to discover, learn and care in order to improve health.
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