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Admissions Workshop

Teachers Seminar: Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning

Leadership Seminar: Making New Connections

Understanding the Scientific Peer-Review Process

Administrative and Financial Officers SIG Session
Disaster Recovery: Failure to Plan Is a Rx for Disaster

Admissions Workshop

Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fee: $300 if attending this program only; $100 if adding to a full meeting registration
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Friday, July 12

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
PharmCAS Policy Review & Update
AACP and PharmCAS staff will provide an overview of PharmCAS policies as well as updates for the 2013-2014 application cycle.
Speakers: Shaba A. Lightfoot, AACP; Tania Zavarelli, Liaison International

9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.             
Interview Techniques
Admissions officers using many different interview techniques will present their interview practices and will share lessons learned.
Speakers: Stephanie D. Wurth, University of Kentucky; Jonathan M. Parker, Samford University; Thomas TenHoeve III, University of Illinois at Chicago; Schwanda K. Flowers, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

11:00 a.m.–Noon
Working with Admissions Committees
Have you ever encountered a challenging situation with your admissions committee? Admissions committee cases from schools around the country will be presented and discussed in groups.
Moderator: Jennifer L. Clutter, West Virginia University

Noon–1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
WebAdMIT for PharmCAS Training – First-Time Users
First-time 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 through mailings and how to set admissions decisions. Basic applicant processing techniques will also be covered.
Speaker: Tonniele Naeher, Academic Software Plus

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
WebAdMIT for PharmCAS Training – Intermediate Users
Those familiar with PharmCAS and WebAdMIT but who want to learn more, this session is for you! Refine your expertise of GPA calculations, available data through Reports & Exports, List Manager, Interview Scheduling and much more.
Speaker: Christine Ferraraccio, Staff from Academic Software Plus

Saturday, July 13

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.               
Enrollment Management: The Basics
Is your campus prepared to meet the changing academic demands, employment needs, and the increasing diversity of learners in the coming years? Does your campus react to the ups and downs of the higher education market instead of having a long-term plan to maximize your enrollment, meet your fiscal requirements, and fulfill your institution's mission? Strategic enrollment planning provides a systematic approach to achieving ongoing stability, ensuring that you can meet the educational, financial and material needs of your students and your campus.
Speaker: Brian Jansen, Noel-Levitz

9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Understanding ACPE Standards and Guidelines Pertaining to Admissions
An overview of the ACPE Standards and Guidelines that pertain to admissions will be provided by the President of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Speaker: Robert S. Beardsley, ACPE Board of Directors

11:00 a.m.–Noon
PCAT: Proposed Changes for the Future
Members of the PCAT Advisory Panel and the PharmCAS Advisory Panel will present proposed changes to the PCAT 2014-2015 blueprint.
Speakers: Paul W. Jungnickel, Auburn University; Renee M. DeHart, Samford University; Andrea L. Wall, University of Cincinnati

Noon–1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Recruiting Diverse and Underserved Applicants
Come to engage in a discussion on the challenges of recruiting diverse students based on geographical location. Also hear about best practices from institutions seeing positive responses from their recruitment efforts.
Speakers: Michael W. Kelly, The University of Iowa; Krystal McCutchen, The University of New Mexico

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Developing a Marketing and Recruitment Plan
Want to know how to improve your applicant pool and enrollment numbers? Come hear from your colleagues about how to develop an effective marketing and recruitment plan for your institution.
Speakers: Mackenzie Buxcel, Creighton University; Christine Stumm, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussions
Come prepared to share in roundtable discussions on the following topics:

  • selection criteria and how these criteria are evaluated in applicants,
  • Applicant Code of Conduct/professionalism challenges,
  • assessing the quality of coursework from community colleges, and
  • rolling admissions vs. traditional admissions.


Teachers Seminar
Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning

Saturday, July 13
8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
Fee: $225 ($125 for students) SOLD OUT
Register now - Already registered for the Annual Meeting but want to attend the Teachers Seminar? Contact Pam Barrett at 703-739-2330 ext. 1042.

Adam M. Persky, Ph.D., FACSM
Clinical Associate Professor
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

During this interactive seminar, faculty and Walmart Scholars will engage in discussions on effective teaching and learning principles. At the conclusion of this session, attendees will have a better understanding of how students learn, how to facilitate higher-order learning, and how students can study more effectively to achieve these goals. Afternoon breakout sessions will provide practical strategies for creating effective teaching and learning experiences. Be prepared to fully engage in each session, and have some fun. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, tablets or smartphones.

Breakout Session #1—Strategies for Incorporating Cognitive & Moral Development  
During this breakout session, attendees will gain insight on how to enhance student cognitive and moral development (CMD) within their teaching and learning sessions. Participants will identify various common classroom procedures that may already exist and inhibit CMD. Discussions among faculty and Walmart Scholars will allow participants to develop strategies on how to remove these potential threats and further promote a culture that values CMD.
Speaker: Wendy C. Duncan, Drake University

Breakout Session #2—Managing the 21st Century Classroom
As new teaching and learning models evolve within pharmacy education, emerging concerns related to managing these new classrooms have also developed. This breakout session will provide practical strategies for managing the 21st century classroom, considering not only new technologies used in the traditional classroom setting, but also beyond the four walls with online, blended and flipped classroom models. Suggestions on how these strategies can be incorporated into classroom policies and documented in a course syllabus will be provided.
Speaker: Tracy A. Chapman, Creighton University

Breakout Session #3—Technology for Effective Classroom Teaching & Learning
In this lightning-round styled session, attendees will be introduced to 10 technology tools along with their applications in education. These tools meet the needs of our budgets and can help teach 21st century skills our students need to be successful scholars and citizens. A quick overview of each tool will be provided along with examples of how the tools can be utilized in teaching and learning. Participants will also leave with an extensive list of additional resources that will be mapped to Bloom’s higher-order thinking skills.
Speaker: Jennifer Sparrow, Virginia Tech   

Breakout Session #4—Building Effective Student Groups 
This interactive breakout session will focus on the development of groups and group activities. Attendees will consider strategies on how to build student groups and how to design meaningful group projects. Participants will engage in discussions on how to assess student learning in groups and how to manage conflicts should they evolve.
Speaker: Maryellen Weimer, Penn State University

Leadership Seminar
Making New Connections

Saturday, July 13
8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
Fee: $225
Register now - Already registered for the Annual Meeting but want to attend the Leadership Seminar? Contact Pam Barrett at 703-739-2330 ext. 1042.

The Leadership Seminar pre-session is designed for those with direct faculty supervision roles and is open to all meeting attendees who wish to register. This flipped active learning professional development program requires registrants to view three pre-recorded Webinars and bring that knowledge to the meeting in order to actively engage with their colleagues and peers while strengthening skills associated with conflict resolution and team building. The afternoon session will conclude with a discussion on maintaining a work-life balance. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, tablets or smartphones.

Understanding the Scientific Peer-Review Process

Saturday, July 13
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Fee: included with your full conference registration; pre-registration required
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Understanding the Scientific Peer-Review Process is intended for faculty members who wish to better understand how research grants are typically processed and evaluated by peer-review panels. The speaker will emphasize the significant areas that require an applicant's attention in order to elevate the enthusiasm of the reviewers. In addition, we will discuss common errors and potential pitfalls as seen by reviewers that can decrease a reviewer's enthusiasm and lower the score of the application. This workshop is also suitable for research investigators who have limited experience serving as reviewers and wish to develop the necessary skills to be able to contribute as qualified reviewers. Pre-registrants will be contacted prior to the session to solicit specific questions they may wish to have addressed in the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, tablets, or smart phones; electricity will not be provided so power up!

Speaker: William T. Beck, University of Illinois at Chicago

Administrative and Financial Officers SIG Session
Disaster Recovery: Failure to Plan Is a Rx for Disaster

Sunday, July 14
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee: $300 if attending this program only; $50 if adding to a full meeting registration
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This session will focus on the financial and programmatic impact disasters can have on a school's resources. Is your staff ready to handle the clean-up of a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy, or prepared to handle a situation such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary? A panel discussion focusing on three actual disaster scenarios (bomb threats, campus shooter and flooding) experienced by SIG members will occur. Templates and tips (developed at the 2013 Interim Meeting) for developing your own disaster recovery plan will be distributed and discussed.

Cheryl A. Holcomb, The University of Kansas (Chair)
Kellie A. Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh (Speaker)
Debra A. Madden, The University of Texas at Austin (Speaker)

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