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Admissions Workshop

Friday, July 22–Saturday, July 23
Fee: $350 ($150 with a full conference registration)

Friday, July 22

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
PharmCAS Policy Review & PharmCAS Future Plans
AACP and PharmCAS staff will provide an overview of PharmCAS policies as well as updates for the 2016–2017 application cycle.

9:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Beverage Break

9:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
WebAdMIT Training for New Users
First-time and beginner PharmCAS users and any admissions teams who do not use WebAdMIT for admission processing, this session is for you! This session will cover the basics of how to access applicant information and how to set admissions decisions. Basic applicant processing techniques will also be covered.

9:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
WebAdMIT Best Practices
Group discussions on best practices in WebAdMIT will be facilitated by members of the PharmCAS Advisory Committee. Topics include: 1) prerequisite coursework check-off functionality, 2) assignments and interviewing processing in WebAdMIT, and 3) using your dashboard numbers—what do they mean to you?

Noon–1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Using “Job-Fit” Testing as a Component of the Applicant Pre-screening Process to Make Better Admissions Decisions
Many pharmacy schools are considering a more holistic approach in the admissions process to identify applicants who are a “fit” for their program. Pharmacy colleges/schools look for specific abilities, skills and traits in their applicants. “Job-fit” testing can be used to pre-screen applicants according to a benchmark established by successful current students. Benchmarks can be customized using an assessment of the general abilities, interests and non-cognitive behaviors of current students, making the benchmark meaningful to your school. This program will explore how “job-fit” testing can be used to help make better admissions decisions.

1:45 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
State Collaboration in Promoting the Profession
This session overviews a creative and collaborative approach to a “Pre-Pharmacy Fair” that was organized, coordinated and attended by all 6 colleges of pharmacy in Illinois.

2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Beverage Break

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
National Pipeline Recruitment Plan
This interactive session will explain the AACP National Pipeline Recruitment Plan and will explore how member institutions can meet the challenges of communicating and recruiting in a competitive educational environment.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Enrollment Management Platform: Benefits of Use from Recruitment through Matriculation
This session will focus on how one pharmacy program used an enrollment management platform (Spectrum EMP) to engage with inquiries, applicants and those students matriculating into the program effectively. Initial challenges, strategies and benefits will be shared and discussed.

5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Admissions Workshop Reception – hosted by Pearson
Join us for a reception hosted by Pearson, the administrator of PCAT.

Saturday, July 23

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
PCAT Score Interpretation: A Case-Based Workshop
Members of the PCAT Advisory Committee will discuss ongoing changes to the PCAT and provide a case-based workshop on how PCAT results can be interpreted in conjunction with other applicant data.

9:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Beverage Break

9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
AACP Special Taskforce on Diversifying Our Investment in Human Capital Update
The AACP Special Taskforce appointed by AACP President Cynthia Boyle will provide a report of their work.

11:00 a.m.–Noon
Engaging Current Students in Pharmacy Recruitment
Do you have a small office, small budget and little time? Learn how Marshall University and Shenandoah University have efficiently expanded their reach with student ambassador teams. Ambassadors can aid in improving customer service and engaging prospective students online with their authentic pharmacy student experience.

Noon–1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Summer Enrichment Programs
Have you thought about a summer enrichment program to ensure better preparation for your Pharm.D. program? Join us to learn about summer enrichment programs from three different Pharm.D. programs focused on academic preparation, professional preparation and cultural preparation for underrepresented populations.

2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Beverage Break

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Predictive Validity of the Multiple Mini-Interview for Overall GPA in Pharmacy and Performance on the Pharmacy Licensing Examination
This presentation will discuss research conducted at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, to establish the predictive validity of the multiple mini-interview (MMI). Specific objectives were 1) to determine the predictive validity of the MMI with regards to overall performance in the pharmacy program and in Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) certification examinations for licensure, and 2) to compare MMI predictive validity with that of pre-pharmacy average (PPA) and pharmacy college admission test (PCAT) scores.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getting to Know your Student Services SIG and Administrative Services Section
A panel discussion on the history, value of participation, and future involvement of your Student Services SIG and Administrative Services Section to include a Q&A session.

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Come relax and unwind at the AACP Welcome Reception.

Development Directors SIG Session

Saturday, July 23
8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Fee: $225

In the session, Exploring Today’s World of Development and Fundraising, deans, development officers and other professionals will participate in a conversation about philanthropy and the many factors affecting the field. Participants will share ideas, talk about best practices and explore current topics of interest to all who cultivate support for institutions.

  • Fundraising from a donor’s perspective - this should be helpful in hearing how a donor likes to be asked, why they give, what keeps them involved, best stewardship practices, as well as any questions from our group.
  • Board member engagement – finding new members, what is their helpful role, what financial obligations are required of them, if any.
  • Endowed Chairs in the college – the problem with unfilled chairs, changing the purpose to meet the needs of the college.
  • Planned Giving – Discussions on this topic range from the importance of Planned giving in the overall fundraising efforts of a college, how to market.
  • Alumni and events – engaging alumnus, especially new alums. Looking at return on investment of various events, when is it time to bury the dead ones.

Teachers Seminar

Dialogue on Foundations of Teaching
Saturday, July 23
8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
Fee: $225 ($125 for students)

The 2016 Teachers Seminar, Dialogue on Foundations of Teaching, will offer two tracks. The first, Building the Foundation to be a Great Teacher, will be aimed at Walmart Scholars, their mentors and faculty in the first few years of their academic year, and will feature a series of Ted-talk style presentations. The second track, Utilizing the Patient Care Process as a Framework for the Pharm.D. Curriculum, is open to all other attendees and will include many active learning techniques to generate ideas about how to best make curricular changes.

Keynote Address: Why Teaching a Common Patient Care Process Across all Pharmacy Schools is Critical to Employers
Speaker: Allyson Schlichte, Pharm.D., MBA, BCACP, MTM Operations Lead, Fairview Health Services

Track 1: Building the Foundation to be a Great Teacher

Walmart Scholars Program Track

World Café
Organizers: Kristin Janke (University of Minnesota)

Embracing the Mindset of a Scholarly Teacher
Speaker: Peggy Piascik (University of Kentucky)

Being an Innovator in Pharmacy Education
Speaker: Susan Meyer (University of Pittsburgh)

Balancing Great Teaching and Quality Scholarship
Speaker: Joseph Saseen (University of Colorado)

How do We Know Learning Has Occurred? – The Case for Assessment
Speaker: Lauren Schlesselman (University of Connecticut)

Career Planning for Success in Academic Pharmacy
Work in Walmart Scholar (mentors/mentees), followed by harvesting lessons from full group

Track 2: Preparing Students with a Foundation for Great Patient Care

Inculcating the Patient Care Process into your Didactic Curriculum

Incorporating the Patient Care Process in the Curriculum: Ready, Set, Go ??
Speaker: Eric Boyce (University of the Pacific)

Capitalizing on Opportunities and Resources to Implement the Patient Care Process.
Speaker: Beth Phillips (The University of Georgia)

Inculcating the Patient Care Process into your Experiential Curriculum
Speakers: Melissa McGivney (University of Pittsburgh) and Keri Hager (University of Minnesota)

Closing Session

Reflections from Dual Tracks
Speakers: Walmart Scholars Track – Michael Gonyeau (Northeastern University)
Patient Care Process Track: Stuart Haines (University of Maryland)

Joseph T. DiPiro Excellence in Publishing Workshop

Saturday, July 23
8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Fee: $75

This workshop provides authors with an overview of the essentials of excellence when submitting manuscripts to the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE). This year’s workshop will include new and improved handouts and an extended breakout session during which authors can discuss specific issues with the editors of AJPE.

Enhancing Your Impact as a Scholar: Learning the Art and Science of Being an Effective Reviewer

Saturday, July 23
1:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Fee: $60

Quality reviews produce better papers and stronger grant proposals. At the interactive workshop, scholars who may have limited experience as reviewers are presented with an overview of how to provide authors with constructive, critical reviews of their manuscripts and grants. With a specific emphasis on peer review of manuscripts for AJPE and grant proposals submitted to the AACP New Investigator Award, this workshop will feature experts from both areas and include breakout sessions to discuss what to do, and what not to do as an effective peer reviewer.

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